Donovan Mitchell's putback dunk goes viral after Game 2

He put up strong numbers next to star rookie guard Donovan Mitchell, which had many Jazz and Australian fans dreaming of what could be.

Moments before, Mitchell had forced Harden into a 24-second violation, just one solid defensive move from a Jazz team that held the vaunted Rockets offense to 24 percent shooting in the final period.

It resulted in him picking up five fouls in 17 minutes - all but one being drawn by Harden - and yet the combination of his defense and the nine points he scored off the bench helped the Jazz outscore the Rockets by double-figures with him on the court. As such, big things were expected from the former fifth overall pick this season.

"I've had a few like that", he said, "but that was pretty cool in the playoffs to be able to do that".

For example, Exum has the height (6-foot-6) and length (6-foot-9 wingspan) to contest Harden's jump shots without fouling. The fan, who appeared to be the same one from the incident with the phone, was then pushed away by Rockets center Nene before being approached by arena security. The Rockets must focus more on defense to take control of this series. The turnover problems and free throw shooting woes are certainly areas the Jazz can fix and improve themselves. "We're going to make shots here at home and it's going to be a lot tougher for them". Of course, it's not like this was a scuffle-worthy interaction, but Harden still had to check the dude and let him know that statements like this are utterly disrespectful and uncalled for.

Ingles led the Jazz with 27 points, while Rudy Gobert double-doubled with 15 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks in the win. It's why midrange the one shot the Jazz are willing to give him.

He is now in his third season as an assistant coach with the Jazz and 18th season overall as an National Basketball Association assistant coach since becoming the first non-American assistant coach in league history in 2000. Had they done so in Game 2, we likely would have seen a blowout in Utah's favor. The fourth year guard did his offseason contract extension hopes a world of good with his dynamic performance, finishing with 9 points (including 2-for-3 from deep), 4 rebounds and 2 assists in the win.

Having stolen home-court advantage, the Jazz will now head to Salt Lake City with two games on their home floor where they're unbeaten so far in the playoffs. Glad says he would love to, even for a possible Game 7.

  • Stacy Allen