Donovan Mitchell said he felt comfortable in his return to Utah after exploding for 46 points. Mitchell, who was selected by the Utah Jazz in the first round of the 2017 NBA draft, was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the offseason.
On Tuesday night, Mitchell exploded for 46 points but it wasn't enough for the Cavaliers to win as the Jazz beat the Cavs 116-114. "I was really comfortable. It wasn't weird. It was just like playing as I have here for the last five years.
The reception was phenomenal, and I'm appreciative of it," Mitchell said, per ESPN. One of the big reasons why the Cavaliers didn't beat the Jazz was an inspired performance by Jordan Clarkson. For the Jazz, Clarkson had 32 points, including nine consecutive points late in the fourth quarter to give the Jazz a 115-107 lead.
After the game, Mitchell gave credit to Clarkson for the performance he delivered. "He had that look in his eye, and I was just like, damn, it's going to be one of those back-and-forth nights," Mitchell said of Clarkson.
Mitchell had a big game but it wasn't enough for the Cavaliers
Mitchell balled out in his return to Utah but somehow his 46 points weren't enough.
After the game, Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff took a moment to acknowledge Mitchell's great performance. "He was Donovan. He was trying to will us through it," Cavs coach Bickerstaff said of Mitchell. Following the loss to the Jazz, the Cavaliers own a 26-16 record.
With that record, the Cavaliers are the fifth-best team in the Eastern Conference. Now, the Cavaliers are staying on the road as in their next game they will be taking on the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland. With a 19-21 record, the Trail Blazers are the 11th-best team in the Western Conference.
It remains to be seen if the Cavaliers can bounce back from the Jazz loss and beat the Trail Blazers in their next game.