Kings head coach Mike Brown gave the ultimate respect to Davion Mitchell & the Trail Blazers’ Gary Payton II as defenders following Sacramento’s 130-112 home win over San Antonio last night.
“I tell you what, the game changed because of Davion,” Brown said. “His defense, especially down the stretch in that second half, was unbelievable, unbelievable. I’ve been in the league 31 years, I think, now, and there’s only two players I can think of that, when they pick up full court, nobody wants to dribble up against them. Obviously, we saw that from Davion tonight, and then GP2 (Gary Payton II). These guys, to be able to put that type of pressure on the ball, especially in a full-court setting, is unbelievable. I still can’t wrap my head around it, but Davion’s defense changed the game tonight.”