Utah Jazz: Donovan Mitchell leads Jazz to convincing victory over Minnesota Timberwolves

MINNEAPOLIS – The Utah Jazz earned their fifth straight victory, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves, 136-104, Wednesday night at Target Center.

High marks

  • Donovan Mitchell is very good at basketball. The reigning Western Conference Player of the Week walked out the door like he was in Minnesota to prove a point. He was important on both sides and obviously ready to be aggressive when it came to scoring. He pulled off all kinds of tricks en route to a 36 point performance to lead the Jazz to victory.
  • The Jazz played for the second game in a row without Hassan Whiteside (buttock contusion) and it forced / gave them the chance to play a small roster with Rudy Gay at five for quite a long time. Honestly, mixed results. But there were some really good things and ultimately I think the more the Jazz are able to practice this little ball look in competitive matches the better they will be in the long run because it is probably a tool they will have. to be used at some point in the playoffs.
  • Kind of a secondary development of Jazz playing small, this meant that Gay, Royce O’Neale and Bojan Bogdanovic all spent time spending time on defense and I have to thank Bogdanovic for the strength he showed against Karl-Anthony Towns. It’s no easy task for someone like Bogdanovic who doesn’t spend a lot of time keeping bigger players, especially Towns’ offensive-caliber players. Bogdanovic finished with 21 points and five rebounds in addition to the heavy defensive night entrusted to him.

“Thanks to those guys for accepting this game and being ready to go.” – Donovan Mitchell

  • I mentioned Mitchell’s Intensity early in the night on Twitter, and it led to one of the best responses I’ve seen in a while:

As for the nicknames, it’s up there. If Patrick Beverley (as he’s known to do) gets inside someone’s head or angers them, the cold weather has hit him. If the opposition beats Beverley – Cold Weather hasn’t phased it. It works at all levels.

Low Notes

  • Quick turnovers against a team that feasts on turnovers more than any other team was not a good way to start this game. The Jazz could have left that spiral and didn’t, but they needed a downtime to clean up some things.

“I’m grateful for these two turnovers because it really shows the growth we’ve seen. Because it could go the other way very quickly, especially to start a game. We really took our level (of focus) to a different level after that. – Donovan Mitchell

  • Sometimes it seems like Joe Ingles relies more on Rudy Gobert’s defensive presence than some of the other Jazz players, which is frustrating as Ingles has the ability to be a good defender himself and he shouldn’t. count on Gobert to clean up the mess. .

Flat Notes

  • A technical foul for taunt is so weak. Trash talk and demagoguery are an integral part of basketball. If we take the sugar out of the cotton candy, the cotton candy isn’t fun and if you don’t let the guys tease each other basketball is not as much fun.

Ada J. Kenney