Jamal Murray vs Donavon Mitchell

Jamal Murray vs Donavon Mitchell

Felix Hillhouse, Writer

Jamal Murray and Donavin Mitchell had an incredible showdown August-September 2020 in Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando. The series was foreshadowed right at the beginning as Donavon Mitchell dropped 57 points in the first game of the series which was spoiled by clutch Murray shots in the 4th. The players traded for games 2-6 both on fire scoring over 20(except in one instance where Murray scored 12 points) in all of those games. Game seven was an off game for both players as the game was really grind it out, not the scoring crazy games like the rest of the series. The players are considered very similar in playing styles, as when they get hot, they are HOT. Both players went to college in Kentucky(Mitchell-Louisville, Murray- University of Kentucky). Naturally these two players will be connected but the similar play styles makes the connection reach a connection in the media too. It helps that these two players play in the same division, the Nuggets even drafting Donavon Mitchell on draft night but trading him to the Jazz. This one playoff stretch looks to be a boosting point for both players, Mitchell, a borderline allstar, and Murray a serviceable starter. Many hope this will bring their games to a new level. Murray and Mitchell tied and beat the record(in order) for most three pointers in a playoff series during this shootout just proving how on fire both players were.

 It was a series shoot out in the bubble. The Nuggets did end up winning the series in seven after a really low scoring game which was surprising compared to the previous shoot outs and came down to a Mitchell play where he committed a turnover which landed in the hands of who else, but Murray. After the game there was an exchange between Murray and Mitchell where Mitchell was lying on the ground and Murray came to pick him up, a perfect moment to cap off the series. If not for the heroics by Murray the Nuggets wouldn’t have won the series being down 3-1 to the Jazz and the future looking bleak, but Murray breaking out and scoring like crazy to make the series competitive and to ultimately win. Mitchell should not be mad about the series though as he was the main reason the Jazz could even take the Nuggets to a position where they could lose. Mitchell had one bad moment in an otherwise incredible playoff series by turning over the ball but, this is just a learning point for him, I expect him to grow from this experience and become an overall greater player, this could be the best thing that ever happened to him, this could change him from a pretty good player to a great player.

The friendly rivalry between Murray and Mitchell looks to continue but some roadblocks that could prevent this series from happening is a potential Gobert departure leaving the Jazz looking like not so great of a team. Gobert and Mitchell have had a hole in their relationship created by Gobert passing the Corona virus to Mitchell and not taking the risk of the virus seriously and compromising the entire NBA and the entire Jazz team. This hopefully won’t stop the trajectory of this rivalry and will just be a small hiccup, the NBA needs more Murray vs Mitchell.