Rookie Mitchell takes blame for Utah de­feat

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RACING -

THE Hous­ton Rock­ets have a 2-1 se­ries lead af­ter beat­ing Utah 113-92 and Jazz rookie Dono­van Mitchell says he de­serves the blame. Mitchell, who is av­er­ag­ing 26.1 points per game in the play­offs, was held to 10 points and hit just four of his 16 shots.

“It’s like I would have been bet­ter off not show­ing up, and that’s what I did,” Mitchell said. “I didn’t show up at all for my team-mates. I’ll fix it.”

The Rock­ets used seven dif­fer­ent de­fend­ers on Mitchell through the game, putting con­stant pres­sure on the bud­ding star.

Jazz coach Quin Sny­der praised the Rock­ets’ de­fense, but pre­dicted an ad­just­ment for Mitchell in Game 4, tonight in Salt Lake City.

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