Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell has vowed his team won’t have their hearts broken in similar fashion following their first-round playoff exit after going up 3-1 against the Denver Nuggets.
Fans wouldn’t normally peg a Jazz vs. Nuggets matchup as one promising unmissable entertainment but the show put on by Mitchell and counterpart Jamal Murray turned many heads.
To be fair, the Jazz ended the season on a great note despite their exit. They came into the NBA bubble with the relationship between Mitchell and teammate Rudy Gobert reportedly “unsalvageable,” while Mike Conley missed the start of the series because of the birth of his child. Yet it took the Jazz a full seven games to leave Orlando.
Per Tony Jones of The Athletic, Mitchell alluded to the aforementioned adverse circumstances and admitted that, while he was not pleased with the outcome, was happy with the way the Jazz played.
“We went from being an “unsalvageable” team three months ago to this, and I don’t think anybody outside of us expected that,” he said. “I’m happy with the way we played, obviously not the result. Look man, like, we’ve got things that we know we can fix and like I said, we felt like we kind of gave (away) situations when we had control of the series and we let it get out of hand.
“If you had told us before coming here that we’d have control of the series 3-1 without Bojan, not to say I would have said you were lying, I have complete faith in us, but some of that just didn’t seem, I guess a team like that it didn’t seem as real as it was, but we just got down here and we worked and everybody just locked in, from the rookies to the coaches, but we just got to do more. With Bojan coming back, not putting everything on Bojan, but with him coming back it’s another weapon. This won’t happen again.”