Donovan Mitchell on Game 3: ‘I would have been better off not showing up’
Friday night, the Houston Rockets routed the Utah Jazz by a score of 113-92 in Game 3 of the teams’ Western Conference semifinal series. In the process of this blowout, star rookie Donovan Mitchell struggled to garner any rhythm offensively.
Mitchell scored only ten points while shooting 4-of-16 and posting an awful -31 plus-minus. Mitchell has been cold shooting the ball the last two games, knocking down 10-of 37 shot (27%) — which is now becoming a problem for the Jazz.
“I didn’t really do much as a whole, like I wasn’t there,” Mitchell said, via ESPN. “That can’t happen. That will probably be what I take away the most. It’s like I would have been better off just not showing up, because that’s what I did. I didn’t show up at all for my teammates, and I’ll fix it.”
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The Jazz are now down 2-1 in the series — even with Mitchell’s struggles. The Rockets have been tough to handle for the young Utah squad. Chris Paul and James Harden combined to score 40 points and 18 assists on inefficient shooting.
Eric Gordon, however, came up big off the bench — scoring 25 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Other co-stars such as Trevor Ariza, PJ Tucker and Clint Capela shot 13-for-22 (59%) to bolster the Rockets’ attack.
The Rockets now have Mitchell and the Jazz on the ropes and can seize control of the series with a Game 4 win in Salt Lake City before the series returns to Houston in Game 5.