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Donovan Mitchell returns to action rolling over the Nets

After missing the last eight games, Donovan Mitchell is back. The escort made his return to the tracks this morning during the Nets’ visit to Salt Lake City, a meeting that ended up being very comfortable for the locals and that allowed the escort to feel comfortable on the parquet again. The Jazz won a clash 125-102 in which they came to win by up to 34 points, and in which they were practically never squeezed by their rival.

Mitchell took advantage of this situation to go up to 27 points in just 21 minutes, as his sensational 8/10 shooting allowed him to make the most of his time on the court. Six of his baskets came from the 3-point range, from where he looked especially successful (6/7), although he also showed off his ability to drive to the basket and his effectiveness from mid-range. Donovan also distributed 6 assists, rounding off a more than satisfactory return in many ways.

“I’m glad I can play basketball again,” he said. “Before the game I used to joke that I didn’t care if I didn’t make a single basket, because the reality is that I’m just happy to be back on the court, running, defending, analyzing the game and playing with my teammates.”

Bojan Bogdanovic, with 19 points and 11 rebounds, also finished as one of the most outstanding men for the hosts, while Eric Paschall and Hassan Whiteside took advantage of their minutes to add 16 and 15 points respectively. The comfort with which the Jazz lived the entire game made Snyder spread the minutes more than usual, which gave many men the opportunity to play and made the score quite spread.

The visitors, on the other hand, suffered a new blow that represents their seventh consecutive defeat and that further deepens the team’s crisis. Although it is true that James Harden joined the list of absences tonight, the New Yorkers did not face practically at any time of the clash, and offered a bad image that by itself would be justified but that comes in a context that does not help.

Cam Thomas, with 30 points, ensured that the beating did not reach greater heights and was practically the only one to show his face, as Kyrie Irving, called to lead the team against absences, did not have his night at all. The point guard could not go beyond 15 points after staying at 6/20 in field goals, and his presence on the track resulted in a partial of -29 for his team.

“We are going through a difficult time,” Nash acknowledged. “We are short of troops and that makes us have to ask several players for more. Today we also had an excellent team in front of us at an offensive level. However, I keep telling my players that the most important thing is to stay together right now.”

(Cover photo: Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

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