Regretful Donovan Mitchell speaks out on his ‘mental error’ in OT loss to Nuggets
Utah Jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell played a great game on Saturday against the Denver Nuggets. He finished with 35 points, six rebounds and eight assists in 47 minutes of action and hit some clutch shots in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.
The Jazz star was hard on himself after the game while speaking to reporters, but Mitchell said he’s happy he made the mistake now and not in a playoff game.
Donovan Mitchell, asked if he regretted leaving time on the clock at end of 1OT: "110%. That’s really the only reason I’m upset. … That’s a mental error on my part. That’s on me. Def. had that mental error, but glad I’m learning it now and not in Game 3 or 4 of the playoffs."
— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) August 8, 2020
This is why the Jazz franchise loves Donovan Mitchell. He’s a humble star who is always looking at himself before pointing the finger at someone else when the team doesn’t play well.
Not a lot of All-Stars in the NBA are like that, so the Jazz have a good franchise cornerstone in Mitchell.
Just based on this quote alone, fans can see why Utah is planning to build the organization around Mitchell. Besides, he has led the Jazz to the playoffs all three years he’s been in the league. The former Slam Dunk Contest champion is expected to sign a lucrative rookie-scale extension this offseason and he’s fully earned it.