Donovan Mitchell, Joe Ingles take Jazz fines in stride with jokes
Ingles quoted the announcement both Mitchell and Jazz center Rudy Gobert had been fined for criticizing officials following a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers earlier this week.
The ever-humorous Jazz forward made a hilarious reference to last year’s report suggesting the Mitchell-Gobert relationship was “unsalvageable.”
The Jazz humor festival continued when Ingles mused “They even get fined together” with heart-eyes emojis.
They even get fined together 😍😍😍 https://t.co/seSSkGKtN2
— Joe Ingles (@Joeingles7) March 5, 2021
Mitchell clearly appreciated the gesture, even tagging Gobert in the Jazz thread.
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) March 5, 2021
“Spida” had been ejected from Wednesday’s overtime loss by the Jazz against Philly. He did not hold his tongue when asked about the officiating:
“Now, I’m never ever one to blame a ref, to blame an official — I can say I could have done more — but this is getting out of hand,” Mitchell said after the Jazz lost, via Tim Bontemps of ESPN. There have been games like this that we’ve won; there have been games like this that we’ve lost. But this whole refereeing stuff. … We’re nice, we don’t complain, like, we don’t get frustrated, we fight through things, and the fact that we continually get … screwed, in a way, by this. You know?”
Gobert was every bit as critical, saying the Jazz do not get the same calls other top teams in the league tend to get. He even cited Utah guard Mike Conley drawing contact on multiple occasions, with the refs swallowing their whistles.
It might have been a frustrating end to the first half, but the Jazz still have reason to joke around as they head into the All-Star break with the best record in the NBA.
Ingles also saw fit to remind the public the relationship among Utah’s stars is just fine. The Jazz haven’t played sour notes this season. They are in harmony as they try to make history.