Jazz’ Donovan Mitchell throws lob from near halfcourt to Rudy Gobert for the slam
The Jazz got off to a slow start in the first half against the Thunder. Mitchell managed to provide a spark with a halfcourt lob to Gobert in the second quarter, via NBA Twitter:
— NBA (@NBA) March 12, 2019
The lob was just what Utah needed at the time to spark some energy into the group. Unfortunately, it was not enough: The Jazz ultimately fell short in a 98-89 loss.
Despite the loss, both players still managed to do their part and then some. Mitchell finished with a game-high 25 points, albeit on 8-of-22 shooting. He was able to make up for his poor shooting performance in other areas of the game with five assists, four rebounds, and five steals. Meanwhile, Gobert registered 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. He also showed once again why he is one of the league’s premier shot blockers with four.
Despite Utah’s recent struggles, it is encouraging to see the Jazz’s young stars continue to build their rapport as a unit. Mitchell made a name for himself with his scoring prowess; more than that, he has started to improve as a playmaker in his second year. Although Gobert is known for his defense, his comparative inability to finish plays on offense is likely what has kept him from being considered a bonafide All-Star. Regardless, the Jazz will need both Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert to play at a high level if they hope to at least maintain (if not improve) their playoff position down the stretch.