Utah Jazz spitfire guard Donovan Mitchell may not take home a Rookie of the Year award if the virtual coin toss favors Ben Simmons, but at least he’s being mentioned in the same sentence as Michael Jordan.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Mitchell joins Jordan as the only rookies ever to score at least 53 points in their first two career playoff games.
Donovan Mitchell has scored a total of 55 points in his first two playoff games, which is the most by a guard in NBA history.
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— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 19, 2018
Even sweeter for Mitchell is the fact that he now holds the most points ever among rookies in their first two postseason games, as he had 55 total markers in that span. After having a 27-point output in Game 1 in a 116-108 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder last Sunday, Mitchell added 28 points more in Game 2 on 10-for-25 shooting from the floor to lead the Jazz to a 102-95 win.
If there’s anything that’s not falling for Mitchell this postseason, it’s definitely his 3-point shot. As good as Mitchell has been in finding the bottom of the net in this series, he just could not get his stroke from deep. He shot 0-for-7 from downtown in Game 2 and is now 3-for-17 on his 3-point attempts thus far in the first round.
Nevertheless, expect the Jazz to ride on the hot hands of Mitchell, as they travel back home for Game 3. The Jazz have won all of their last four home games dating back to regular season.