Rockets’ James Harden wary of more aggressive Donovan Mitchell in Game 2
Mitchell took 18 shots in the Game 1, connecting on just seven. The high-flyer finished with 19 points in the Jazz’s 32-point loss to the Rockets.
Harden knows that type of competitor Mitchell is. The reigning MVP says Mitchell is “a beast” who will do whatever it takes to get his team a victory in Game 2.
James Harden, on Donovan Mitchell: "He’s a competitor, he loves to go out there and hoop. … He goes out there to hoop and he’s a beast. He was aggressive in Game 1, but he’ll be twice as aggressive in Game 2."
Harden also touched on Jazz fans' reputation for being aggressive. pic.twitter.com/UpIgeqFdzy
— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) April 16, 2019
If the Rockets can limit what Mitchell does on offense, they are going to cruise to a series win.
The Jazz don’t have another player on the roster who can create his own shot off the dribble. Rudy Gobert does all of his damage on alley-oops and put backs. Ricky Rubio put up 15 points in Game 1, but he’s not a player the Rockets really have to gameplan for.
Mitchell is the one Utah player who can go off in a hurry. As long as Houston is containing Mitchell and making things tough on him, the Rockets should be able to win this series with ease.
Game 2 of the series is on Wednesday.
Houston will look to take a commanding 2-0 series lead.