Donovan Mitchell leads the way for 90-81 Team USA victory against Spain
Following a eyebrow-raising defeat a couple of days ago in a highly-publicized scrimmage match, Team USA quickly made amends by securing a 90-81 victory against Spain in another tune-up game.
Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell was Team USA’s main man, as he led the squad to a much-needed victory with 13 points and four rebounds in just 23 minutes of play. It was a pretty balanced scoring night for the squad, but it was perhaps Mitchell’s performance that stood out the most.
“We did a lot of good things today,” Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell said, via Aaron Falk of NBA.com. “We competed. We did well. We struggled a little down the stretch but we’ll clean it up and be ready for China.”
The 22-year-old went on to say that the chemistry has been good with this year’s edition of Team USA, with each and every member on the squad focused on achieving a common goal.
“We have a bunch of guys that are willing to listen to each other,” Mitchell said. “It’s easy to come in and say, ‘It’s my show. It’s my show.’ I think a lot of our guys are willing to sacrifice for one another. You want to be on a team like that.”
When asked about his impressive outing, the 6-foot-3 shooting guard played down his performance, noting that there is still some room for improvement.
“I did all right,” Mitchell said. “I missed a lot of opportunities to find guys but I’m always hard on myself. I’m just continuing to build and jell with all of these guys. That’ll be really important.”
The FIBA World Cup tournament kicks off in China on August 31, and surely, Mitchell will have a big role to play for Team USA and their hopes of another gold medal.