Donovan Mitchell reflected on the end of the Utah Jazz season, saying that the loss to the Los Angeles Clippers was more painful than last season’s defeat to the Denver Nuggets.
“This hurts more than last year because we were up again and lost again,” said Mitchell. “This is going to eat at me. Even when I go to the grocery store, I’m going to be thinking about it.”
Mitchell averaged 32.3 points, 5.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds in the playoffs, despite missing the final 16 games of the regular season due to an ankle sprain.
Mitchell finished with 39 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists in the elimination game, while also making nine 3-pointers. He is the only player in NBA history to post that stat line in the playoffs.
“He’s a warrior,” added Quin Snyder. “It’s a unique player that has the competitiveness and the desire to play through that type of pain.”