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Gobert Finds Mitchell On Beautiful No-Look Pass

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Much has been made of the relationship between Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell over the last four months. The All-Star teammates were the first to NBA players to publicly test positive for COVID-19, leading to a reported fallout in the Jazz locker room. However, since returning to floor in Orlando, the par has looked more in sync than at any point before in their career. The two made it apparent once again when Gobert found Mitch on a no-look pass for an assist against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Early in the first quarter with the Jazz leading 9-6, Gobert made the sweet dish to connect with Mitchell on the backdoor cut.

“I’m happy now,” Jeff Van Gundy, ESPN color analyst, and former NBA head coach said.  “I am watching Rudy Gobert develop as a passer.”

Gobert and Mitchell’s Orlando Connection

Mitchel and Gobert connect for easy baskets has been commonplace inside the Orlando bubble. In the team’s second scrimmage game, the pair connected on multiple alley-oop passes against the Miami Heat.

Mitchell’s first assist to Gobert came during the opening minutes of the contest. He lobbed the ball over a Miami defender and into Gobert’s hands high above the rim. Gobert’s dunk resulted in his second basket of the game and tied the Jazz and Heat at 4-4 with 9:38 left in the first quarter.

Over the Jazz final two scrimmages, Mitchell found Gobert for seven total assists. The connected marked a career-high for the pair through any two-game stretch.

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