Donovan Mitchell tells hilarious trash-talk story with Clippers’ Patrick Beverley his rookie year
LOS ANGELES – Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell put on another show at Staples Center on Saturday evening, this time against Kawhi Leonard and the L.A. Clippers. Mitchell finished with 30 points, seven rebounds, and nine assists on 13-of-23 shooting from the field and 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.
The 30 point night comes after Mitchell dropped 36 points, four rebounds, and six assists in the early-November matchup between the Jazz and Clippers.
When asked after the game what he’s learned from his matchups with Clippers guard Patrick Beverley, Mitchell actually had an interesting answer on the topic.
“I think the one thing I learned from my rookie year when I played Patty Bev is you don’t say anything,” said the Jazz guard. “I think it was my third or fourth game in the league, I said something after having a little hot streak and after that, I didn’t score.
That game came on October 24, 2017, Mitchell’s fourth game in the NBA. He finished with 19 points, but did so on just 7-of-20 shooting from the field. Mitchell says it’s all about having the ‘appropriate fear’ when facing a talented team like the Clippers.
“It goes back to what I said about having the appropriate fear. Understanding that they’ve got guys that can really lock in on you defensively, you just make the game easier on yourself.”