Video: Jazz guards’ Mike Conley, Donovan Mitchell share hilarious locker room exchange about ‘waking up’
The Utah Jazz got off to a slow start but eventually rallied back and dominated the second half to escape with a 119-114 home victory over the Brooklyn Nets. After the game, Mike Conley discussed their sluggish start. Third-year star Donovan Mitchell, then, chimed in from out of nowhere and urged the newly-acquired point guard to “wake up faster,” prompting a hilarious exchange between the two (via Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune):
Mike Conley: It took us a while to wake up.
Donovan Mitchell: You need to wake up faster, Mike! Come on!
Conley: Some of us are 30 years old or above and got two kids. Some of us can’t just go home and go to sleep.
Donovan: Touché. pic.twitter.com/PpKUiZJchv
— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) November 13, 2019
It’s great to see the two backcourt-mates share a light moment like this off the court. Conley is obviously new to the locker room and is still getting his feet wet with his new squad.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t seem like chemistry will be an issue between them moving forward.
Utah used their signature lockdown defense down the stretch to ultimately completed their come back and close out the Nets. They stormed back from a 15-point deficit to end the first half and raced to a 13-0 run to start the second half. They used a massive 35-22 fourth quarter to conquer an eight-point Nets lead to begin the final period.
Mitchell top-scored for Utah with 30 points on 13-of-26 shooting. Conley contributed 18 points, four rebounds, and five assists, while reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert notched 18 points, 15 rebounds, and two blocks on an efficient 8-of-10 night.
Conley, like the Jazz did last night, had a pretty rough start with his new team, but is slowly regaining his form as the games go along. Through 11 games, Conley is averaging 14.7 points and 4.0 rebounds, while shooting just 36.9 percent from the field.
Mitchell, on the one hand, is off to a flying start for his third NBA season. The rising star guard is currently averaging 25.1 points, 5.2 boards, and 4.1 assists, while shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 40.4 percent from three.
The Jazz have rattled off four straight wins and remain undefeated at home to move to the second seed in the early part of the season. They look to carry the momentum heading into their next contest with the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.