Donovan Mitchell on Game 3 Performance vs. Rockets: 'That Can't Happen'

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMay 5, 2018

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Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell vowed to be better after finishing with 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting in Friday night's 113-92 Game 3 loss to the Houston Rockets at Vivint Smart Home Arena. 

"I didn't really do much as a whole, like I wasn't there," Mitchell said, according to ESPN.com's Tim MacMahon. "That can't happen. That will probably be what I take away the most. It's like I would have been better off just not showing up, because that's what I did. I didn't show up at all for my teammates, and I'll fix it."

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Mitchell's performance as a passer compounded matters.

One game after the rookie registered 11 assists and three turnovers, he sputtered his way to three dimes and as many giveaways on an evening when Utah managed just 17 helpers on 35 made field goals.

"I've got to pass the ball, for starters," Mitchell said. "I was taking terrible shots. I made a few better passes in the second half, in the third quarter, but I can't shoot terrible shots. That's what leads to their transition. I don't know how many shots I missed, but all the shots I missed were terrible shots. They weren't good looks. I can't have it, can't do that."

The Jazz, facing a 2-1 series deficit in the Western Conference Semifinals, will have a chance to pull even with the Rockets on Sunday night in Salt Lake City with a motivated Mitchell leading the charge.

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