Team USA news: Donovan Mitchell can only focus on what he did wrong in loss despite 29 points
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Donovan Mitchell can only focus on what he did wrong in Team USA loss despite 29 points

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Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell turned in one of the performances of the FIBA World Cup tournament with a 29-point, six-rebound, four-assist gem against France on Wednesday. However, the 23-year-old’s heroics came in a stunning defeat against a formidable French side, which would effectively end Team USA’s hope for bagging the gold medal in the prestigious tournament.

Despite his awesome performance, Mitchell was visibly upset following his team’s 89-79 defeat. According to the 6-foot-3 shooting guard, he could not care less about his individual effort given the unacceptable end result of the ballgame.

Mitchell pretty much carried Team USA throughout the contest, with only two other guys on the squad reaching double digits in scoring. Marcus Smart accounted for 11 points, while his Boston Celtics teammate Kemba Walker logged 10 points on a paltry 2-of-9 shooting.

The rest of the squad struggled on the evening, with Team USA combining for just 29-of-65 from the floor, along with 11 turnovers.

As Mitchell pointed out, their defense was one the biggest problems on the evening, with the Americans allowing the trio of Evan Fournier (22 points, four three-pointers), Rudy Gobert (21 points, 16 rebounds), and Nando De Colo (18 points, 9-of-10 from the line) impose their will for France.

Mitchell and company will be returning to American soil with a cloud of frustration and disappointment hanging over their collective heads. This sub-par performance by the national side will also put to question how USA Basketball will handle matters moving forward, especially with the 2020 Summer Olympics in sight.