Donovan Mitchell poses for photos during Jazz media day at the Zions Bank Basketball Center in Salt Lake City on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018.

Donovan Mitchell poses for photos during Jazz media day at the Zions Bank Basketball Center in Salt Lake City on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018.

BROOKLYN — You wouldn’t know it if you had only watched the fourth quarter of the 118-107 Utah Jazz win over the Brooklyn Nets, but Donovan Mitchell was not himself when he stepped onto the court at Barclays Center on Tuesday night.

He was still a little under the weather, but he was feeling better than he had on Sunday when he sat out the Jazz win over the Wizards. Even so, there was something a little bit off.

Mitchell’s shot wasn’t falling, he didn’t have his usual bounce — coming up short on a dunk in the first half — he was making things harder than he needed to for himself and to top it off, the New York native had some butterflies before the game.

“I’m not going to lie, for some reason I was kind of nervous to start the game,” he said. “Just being back home gets to the nerves a little.”

“I’m not going to lie, for some reason I was kind of nervous to start the game. Just being back home gets to the nerves a little.” — Donovan Mitchell

Those nerves settled in the fourth quarter and Mitchell scored 14 of his 25 points in the final six minutes of the game, kicking off his flourish with a deep 3-pointer with 6:03 left on the game clock.

The Nets had started to hit back after being down by as many as 20 points, pulling to within single digits on the back of Kyrie Irving’s 32-point performance, but Mitchell and the rest of the Jazz were too much for the Nets to handle.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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