Mitchell, Jazz look to bounce back, even series in Game 4

May 5, 2018, 9:21 PM | Updated: Aug 4, 2022, 8:34 am

SALT LAKE CITY — Donovan Mitchell was “realistic” and “somber” at practice Saturday, his coach said, a day after the rookie guard struggled in a lopsided playoff loss to the Houston Rockets.

Mitchell hit only 4 of 16 shots in the Jazz’s 113-92 loss to the top-seeded Rockets, finishing with 10 points — well below his team-leading 24.3 points per game in the playoffs. After the game, the NBA Rookie of the Year candidate shouldered the blame for the loss.

“I didn’t really do much as a whole,” he said. “That can’t happen. … It’s like I would have been better off  not showing up, and that’s what I did. I didn’t show up for my teammates.”

Jazz coach Quin Snyder says the Game 3 loss isn’t Mitchell’s to shoulder alone.

“We talked and watched film as a team,” Snyder said Saturday. “He doesn’t need to shoulder all of that. It’s not on him.”

Utah will try to bounce back from the lopsided home loss when Game 4 tips off at 6 p.m. Sunday at Vivint Arena. Houston leads the best-of-seven series 2-1.

Snyder says he expects Mitchell to have a big role as the Jazz try to even the series before it shifts back to Houston for Game 5 on Tuesday.

“You guys have heard our guys say the strength of the team is the team, and Donovan has got a role within that team that’s important,” he said. “We’ve got to do all the little things offensively so that Donovan can be in a position where he can have higher-percentage plays. There wasn’t a lot there for him (in Game 3).”

Rookies also are allowed to struggle from time to time, Snyder said.

“It stands to reason that a rookie can have a bad game in the middle of the playoffs against the best team in the league. … At the same point, I think for Donovan’s case, there’s no reason to accept that and say, ‘Hey, it was just an off night.’ For him, it’s like, ‘Let’s look and what happened and see if we can make a dent in it.'”

🏀 🏀 🏀 🏀 🏀 🏀 🏀 🏀 🏀 🗑 🕷 #MACU3

A post shared by Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) on

Mitchell wasn’t alone in his offensive struggles Friday night. Joe Ingles also had an off night, scoring just 10 points on 2 of 10 shooting, while turning the ball over a team-high five times. As a team, the Jazz had 16 turnovers compared with just eight for the Rockets.

After the game, Ingles said it was clear the Rockets were more hungry for the win Friday after dropping Game 2 to the Jazz in Houston.

“They came out more aggressive,” he said. “We obviously didn’t start well handling that, then it kind of spiraled from there. … We weren’t ready from the get-go.”

Rockets star James Harden called Game 2 “a learning experience,” and the team “made a conscious effort to get stops and offensively push the pace” of the game in Game 3.

“We just tried to pick up your heads,” Houston’s Chris Paul said, later adding: “We just played a little harder too.”

Today’s Top Stories


Cam Rising losing his helmet (Photo Credit, Wally Skalij, LA Times)...
Amanda Dickson

Opinion: The long and winding road to the championship

Never give up, not on each other, the children, or life. We may be down, but never out. Keep fighting for the things we hold dear. We believe in each other.
5 days ago
NBA Ice Buckets...
Devin Oldroyd

NBA fans invited to show “ice in their veins” at NBA Ice Buckets challenge

The NBA and Utah Jazz invite you to play NBA Ice Buckets, a free-to-play indoor basketball shooting challenge at Trolley Square.
6 days ago
For the first time in history, a woman has taken to the field as a referee during World Cup soccer....
Associated Press

Stéphanie Frappart makes history as 1st female World Cup ref

Frappart also had two women as assistants. Neuza Back of Brazil and Karen Diaz Medina of Mexico complete an all-female refereeing team on the field.
7 days ago
A US Soccer spokesperson told CNN in an email that Pulisic, who collided with the Iranian goalkeepe...
Kevin Dotson and Matias Grez, CNN

Christian Pulisic is day-to-day after being taken to hospital with pelvic contusion suffered scoring winning goal for US

A US Soccer spokesperson told CNN in an email that Pulisic, who collided with the Iranian goalkeeper after scoring his goal, went for medical scans but "was not hospitalized."
8 days ago
The USA has beaten Iran at the World Cup and advances into the Knockout Round....
Matias Grez

USMNT advances to World Cup knockout stage with victory over Iran

Christian Pulisic's first-half goal was all that separated the two sides as the USMNT reached the round of 16 for the first time since 2014.
9 days ago
DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 25: A giant flag of IR Iran on the pitch prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2...

US-Iran match reflects a regional rivalry for many Arab fans

The U.S. team’s must-win World Cup match against Iran will be closely watched across the Middle East, where the two nations have been engaged in a cold war for over four decades and where many blame one or both for the region’s woes.
9 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Mitchell, Jazz look to bounce back, even series in Game 4