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The relationship between Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert is hanging by a thread

It is not enough to look at the results to understand the magnitude of what is happening in the Utah Jazz. If you look at the games of the team that a few months ago seemed to work like a Swiss clock, you will find a rarefied dynamic. The players seem tired of themselves, reproaches flourish and the game is played ‘to the dog’s face’. But if something illustrates the situation, it is the relationship that Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert keep on track.

In recent weeks it is not uncommon to have the feeling that everything is going to blow up between these two. It’s hard to explain, but Brian Windhorst tries it on his Brian Windhorst’s latest podcast. “Even though they are under a long-term contract, they irritate each other. There is a certain passive-aggressive attitude between them» recounts for ESPN.

It is not the first time that Gobert and Mitchell go through an episode of friction. It is well known that Donovan took it out on the French center after his unfortunate joke with the microphones before testing positive for COVID-19. Mitchell even suggested she didn’t want to play with someone of such irresponsibility. Things seemed to get back on track just in time for the Orlando bubble, and since then the Jazz have been a regular-season roller despite their playoff disappointments. They already dodged the bullet once, but this time things look rather ugly.

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