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Donovan Mitchell’s blunt, NSFW assessment of Jazz star’s play

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Utah Jazz star shooting guard Donovan Mitchell is not pleased with his early-season performances.

The Jazz guard has been incredibly inefficient through the first four games, shooting just 34.1 percent from the field and below 30 percent from beyond the arc.

Mitchell is not hiding from his brutal start. He explained as much after Friday night’s loss to the Phoenix Suns:

“I’m shooting the ball like s–t. No other way around it,” Mitchell said, via Ryan Miller of KSL.com. “I’m not shooting well — or playing well.”

Mitchell had another rough go of things on Friday.

The 24-year-old scored 23 points but shot just 9-for-23 from the field. To Mitchell’s credit, he was one of just two starters with a positive plus-minus (+3) for the contest, but the Jazz still fell to the Suns.

Mitchell is hardly the only Jazz player struggling to shoot the ball. Bojan Bogdanovic, a 20 point per game scorer last year, is shooting just over 30 percent from the field, including just 26 percent on 2-point attempts. Meanwhile, Joe Ingles is making just 30 percent of his 3-point attempts. The good news is Mike Conley Jr. is off to a strong start, averaging 18.5 points and shooting over 40 percent from deep.

This Jazz offense ultimately relies upon Mitchell to provide scoring and playmaking. Quin Snyder’s team has always played a slower, more methodical game reliant on a halfcourt offense and stifling defensive efforts.

Utah is putting up strong defensive numbers, ranking seventh in opponent scoring average. But it ranks just 22nd in scoring on the other end of the floor.

The Jazz will need Mitchell to find his All-Star form to get the offense going.