Is it just me, or is the NBA these days completely stacked with players who can drop 40 points on a regular basis. Each week, I seem to be writing about a different player who scores a huge number of points in critical games. And to follow this trend and add one more, Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz did just that in Game 1 against the LA Clippers.
Mitchell stamped 45 points for the night, scoring 32 of his 45 after halftime, erasing a 13-point deficit at the break to swing a 112-109 victory. This performance would also be his fourth 40-point game in his last 13 Playoff matches. Putting that information aside, something grabbed my attention on Tuesday night that I wanted to dive a little deeper on. Dwyane Wade was present in the crowd during the game, and Mitchell stated in a post-game interview that D Wade gave him some pointers during the halftime break.
Hitting the rewind button, Wade became a legend at the age of 24 after scoring multiple 40-point games during the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks. Mitchell has yet to reach that stage of the postseason, but following his recent achievements this year and the team’s current success, it’s hard not to start wondering if he can follow in D Wade’s footsteps.
Mitchell is currently 24-years of age — the same period when Wade took over — and many media outlets have drawn serious comparisons to the Heat legend and Mitchell’s game. And backing that up, Wade purchased an ownership stake of the Jazz back in April. Could Dwyane Wade be the X-factor or special sauce for the Jazz this year?
Catch you Monday.