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Donovan Mitchell Praises Former Jazz Teammate Jordan Clarkson

Nov 12, 2022, 5:07 PM
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Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) celebrates with Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) as the Utah Jazz and the Sacramento Kings play an NBA basketball game at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 12, 2022. Jazz won 134-125. (Courtesy of Deseret News)
(Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – Former Utah Jazz and current Cleveland Cavaliers star Donovan Mitchell praised one of his former teammates in Jordan Clarkson after his strong start against the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards hosted the Jazz at Capital One Arena in Washington D.C. on Saturday, November 12.

During the first half of Utah’s game, Clarkson led the Jazz with an efficient 10 points on 4-7 shooting, including 2-4 on three-pointers. The Missouri product added one assist and recorded a plus-two rating during his 13 minutes on the floor in the first half.

Clarkson’s start drew praise from Mitchell.

“Man @JordanClarksons hoopin!! Love to see it !!” the former Jazzman tweeted.

Clarkson and Mitchell played together in Utah’s backcourt from 2019-22.

The Jazz traded Mitchell to the Cavaliers in early September.

This season, Clarkson is averaging 18.6 points per contest on 43.9 percent shooting, including 41.2 percent from downtown. Mitchell ranks fourth in the NBA in scoring with an average of 31.6 points per game this season. Cleveland currently owns an 8-4 record.

Utah’s game against Washington is broadcast on AT&T SportsNet, NBA League Pass, and KSL Sports Zone.

Jazz vs. Wizards

The Jazz can guarantee themselves a winning record by securing a victory over the Wizards.

Wednesday’s win saw a nine point halftime lead quickly evaporate into a 10 point deficit midway through the third quarter.

However, the second unit led by Malik Beasley and Walker Kessler stemmed the Hawks momentum and the Jazz recaptured the lead early in the fourth quarter.

Lauri Markkanen continued his brilliant play recording 32 points and eight rebounds, including a knockdown 6-8 performance for the Jazz in the 125-119 win.

Jordan Clarkson added 23 points for the Jazz, and has now scored at least 20 points in each of the team’s last five outings.

During the team’s two-day hiatus Beasley announced the birth of his daughter on Instagram. Despite the new addition, the Jazz veteran was not listed on the team’s injury report against the Wizards.

The Wizards announced Friday that the team will be without All-Star guard Bradley Beal when they host the Jazz on Saturday.

Beal has missed each of the team’s last three games including Thursday’s win over the Mavericks.

Former University of Utah star Kyle Kuzma led the Wizards with 36 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists in the 113-105 victory.

The Wizards are 6-6 on the season and 2-1 without Beal in the lineup.

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