Utah Jazz-LA Clippers reaction 11/30: Houdini has reappeared

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Alec Burks #10 and Jonas Jerebko #8 of the Utah Jazz celebrate pay during a timeout in a 126-107 win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on November 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Alec Burks #10 and Jonas Jerebko #8 of the Utah Jazz celebrate pay during a timeout in a 126-107 win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on November 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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In a meeting between two teams riddled with injuries, the former first round playoff rivals Utah Jazz and LA Clippers went head to head without their respective stars. The Utah Jazz came out decisively on top in a 126-107 victory.

Quin Snyder deserves some massive credit for putting together this stretch of dominant Utah Jazz offense. I never thought those words would come out of my mouth/hands this season, but here they are.

Regular Season Table
AdvaAdvaAdvaAdvaAdvaAdvaAdvaOffeOffeOffeOffe
RkDateOppW/LTmOppORtgDRtgFTr3PArTS%TRB%AST%eFG%TOV%ORB%FT/FGA
132017-11-11BRKW114106116.3108.2.294.341.59451.846.3.54714.327.9.247
142017-11-13MINL98109105.9117.7.131.476.55243.762.2.52414.418.6.119
152017-11-15@NYKL101106113.7119.3.215.443.58445.155.9.53813.921.4.203
162017-11-17@BRKL107118110.8122.2.304.329.59752.053.8.57015.223.8.215
172017-11-18@ORLW12585128.787.5.184.347.59054.066.0.5518.628.6.173
182017-11-20@PHIL8610785.7106.6.224.329.46138.260.0.40613.013.2.200
192017-11-22CHIW11080119.586.9.221.407.58351.157.5.5476.918.6.186
202017-11-25MILW121108129.8115.9.235.395.67742.967.4.67910.113.5.136
212017-11-28DENW10677119.186.5.103.368.58350.657.1.56310.823.1.092
222017-11-30@LACW126107137.3116.6.165.412.69147.877.6.67612.527.8.129

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/1/2017.

Since the Jazz best player, Rudy Gobert, went out with injury, the Jazz offense has been elite. We are now 6-4 since Rudy went down. The Jazz had a season-high (for the past seven seasons) of 38 assists, and no single player had more than six (but three players had exactly six).

The Jazz did this against the Clippers without Rudy Gobert, Dante Exum,

Gordon Hayward

, Joe Johnson, Rodney Hood and Raul Neto. Oh, and the leading scorer was Alec Burks with 28 points.

This was likely the best game of Burks’ career. It wasn’t his career high in points, but this was a decisive victory against the Clippers where Burks did a little of everything. He had seven rebounds, five assists, played solid defense in front of his man and limited his around-the-rim shenanigans.

If AB can keep up his solid play within the offense, like he has over the four-game win streak, the Jazz will only get better and better this season.

And if you need even more information that doesn’t make sense, check out the tweets below. Again, credit and praise to Quin Snyder, coach of the year (in our hearts but hopefully for real).

Donovan Mitchell, the Chosen One

World, #TakeNote, because Donovan Mitchell is the best Mad Filthy rookie in the NBA. Last night, Austin Rivers was the latest NBA vet to join the Spida fan club, joining the ranks of Jimmy Butler, Damian Lillard, and Chris Paul to name a few. Censored statement from Rivers below.

I feel like I’ve written so much about Donnie already this

week

season, but there’s still MORE to say. After summer league, we thought he was going to be good, for a rookie. He’s doing things NBA veterans can’t/don’t do.

Obviously, we knew the athleticism was there, but this is still mighty impressive.

But it’s the other stuff that we didn’t think he’d be capable of this season, or maybe even ever. Like this incredible pass to Derrick Favors. Three weeks ago Mitchell would have challenged the rim here and been blocked or missed.

He also made five three-point shots last night, most (or all) of which were off-the-dribble above the break shots. Rookies don’t make those. Most NBA veteran guards can’t/don’t make those.

In the month of November, Mitchell took things to another level. The table below is Gordon Hayward’s numbers in 2015-16, his 6th season in the NBA at age 25. Mitchell’s November was better than that.

Per Game Table
SeasonAgeTmLgPosGGSMPFGFGAFG%3P3PA3P%2P2PA2P%eFG%FTFTAFT%ORBDRBTRBASTSTLBLKTOVPFPTS
2015-1625UTANBASF808036.26.515.0.4331.85.1.3494.79.9.477.4934.96.0.8240.84.25.03.71.20.32.52.319.7

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/1/2017.

Could he be a 10-time All-Star, like Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune believes? Personally, I believe.

Next: Can the Utah Jazz stay at .500 after a daunting December?

And to whoever makes the jersey decisions, we better keep wearing the gold!