Utah Jazz ready to make ‘a real push for an NBA championship’, says Donovan Mitchell

Photo: Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) dunks during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) AP

Donovan Mitchell recently signed a max contract extension with the Utah Jazz, officially becoming the cornerstone of Salt Lake’s NBA franchise.

While speaking to Eric Walden of The Salt Lake City Tribune, Mitchell opened up about the Jazz blowing a 3-1 lead in the 2020 playoffs and his championship aspiration with the current squad in Utah.

(via Hoopsrumors.com):

We have good pieces to make a real push for this thing. We blew a 3-1 lead [in the playoffs] this year. I look at it as we need to find a way to get over that hump in the first round and find a way to push and get to a championship. That’s really on the forefront of my brain.”

The Jazz blew a 3-1 lead in the first round of the playoffs against the Denver Nuggets, despite Mitchell’s inspiring performances through the series.

Mitchell averaged 36.3 points, five rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game in the series. He also shot an impressive 52.9 percent from the field and 51.6 percent from the three-point range against the Nuggets.

While the Western Conference is expected to be more competitive the upcoming season, the All-Star certainly believes that he and his teammates are going to make some noise in the next postseason.