Salt Lake City – While Ricky Rubio ended his conversation with the media on Wednesday evening, Donovan Mitchell grabbed his phone and started playing "Welcome back" by Masse.
"Welcome, welcome, welcome" in Utah's dressing room when Mitchell smiled and shook his head
For Rubio's return to Utah Jazz's starting lineup, maybe there was another, unintentional sense. On Wednesday, a play-like atmosphere returned to the Vivint Arena in Utah's 114-108 victory over Denver. And it was nice to go back.
There were clashes between the teams, a crowd fired, and stars playing as stars. And the brightest shimmer Mitchell.
How many moves does the young guard in his trunk bag have? Denver has never seen the end of Wednesday night.
There was a spin before turning around a defender. The hesitation crossed the crossover. Freeze the defender before entering the 3-pointer. And many, many, many others.
Mitchell scored 35 points in shooting with 1
"This is what you see when you get a good player that is developing and improving," said coach Quinn Snyder. 19659002] The intense competition on Wednesday is what you get when you have two teams that are considered to be the elite of the West, combined with a national TV game. And two more teams that obviously do not like each other.
In the first quarter of Derrick Favert, he turned to Mason Plummily after the pair got tied after a loose ball. The service does not respond happily to that. The Jazz attack aggressively forced Plummy to leave the big clash between the two teams. The collisions led to the expulsion of Favors and Plumlee, and Royce O'Neale and Will Barton received technical fouls.
"The host team, most of the time, burns more than it," said Jae Crowder. "That's what happened tonight. I felt as if we wanted to have (Favors) back. When you have such a dispute, the teammates must have his back and we were there for him. "
And in the quarrels, and afterwards. The battle has caused even more energy in the game. Players felt it; the crowd felt it. This game was a bit different than the usual regular season race.
"It was good," said Kyle Corver. – Two good teams playing in front of basketball are going up and down. He has two strong personalities on both sides and makes a big game on Wednesday night. "
By the end of the race, Nicholas Djokic of Denver received heartwash every time he touched the ball. Not only because he was busy putting 28 points and 21 rebounds with an impressive performance against. Djokic was constantly in the face of the Utah player, including an attempt to get Crowder into a match after Faowors and Plummy were thrown out.
All of this led to a very hot game – and one that had very big players to match. The intensity of the crowd.
There was Mitchell who was surrounded by defenders and torn the nets with a 3-point shooting of 6-for-10. In the fourth corner there was a banker in the corner with three pointers – while he was mistaken. And Rudy Gobart forced to miss a shot at the edge in less than a minute, as the Nuggets made later pressure. Rubio scored 17 points and had 6 assists in his first trauma start. He had 8 points and 3 assists in the first five minutes of the match. It was part of the hot offensive start of jazz, which set a new franchise record, striking 13 3 points in the first half