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Utah Jazz trainer Quin Snyder, left, talks with Donovan Mitchell (45) all the way through the primary part of the crew’s NBA basketball recreation in opposition to the Charlotte Hornets in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
CHARLOTTE — Donovan Mitchell was once horrible all the way through the overall 5 mins of Utah’s 99-88 loss to Charlotte Friday night time on the Spectrum Center. And he’ll be the primary to let you know.
At least thrice in his postgame interview, Mitchell discussed how he grew to become the ball over “four straight times” in the important thing stretch of the ballgame.
Besides the ones 4 turnovers, 3 on passes and one on an offensive foul, Mitchell neglected 5 pictures, together with his simplest unfastened throw omit of the night time after 9 makes, because the Hornets went on a 14-Three run to finish the sport.
But are you able to blame the man? After all, Mitchell had to be completely exhausted after wearing his crew on his shoulders for the primary 43 mins within the ultimate recreation of a nine-day, four-game highway go back and forth. Mitchell did the entirety but take tickets and promote popcorn, but he couldn’t come thru within the ultimate short time for the Jazz.
Mitchell and seldom-used Royce O’Neale have been the one gamers of value for the Jazz in this wet night time in Charlotte. Mitchell completed with 35 issues on 10-of-20 taking pictures, together with 5 Three-pointers, whilst O’Neale had his first occupation double-double with 11 issues and 10 rebounds in 19 mins of play.
The remainder of the Jazz gamers struggled because the crew fell to 17-25 in shedding their first recreation of the second one part of the season in opposition to a crew with a worse report than them coming in.
Rodney Hood, who previous within the day was once fined $35,000 through the NBA for the incident with the fan in Washington, scored 15 issues, but he was once simplest four of 13 from the sector. Ricky Rubio shot Three of 11, Joe Johnson 2 of eight and Joe Ingles 1 of 6. That’s simply 10 of 38 for 4 of your primary outdoor gamers.
Inside, the Jazz were given little or no as Derrick Favors, who was once getting back from lacking a recreation with a sprained ankle, scored simply 5 issues in 28 mins and his backup, Epke Udoh, scored one level in 19 mins. Jonas Jerebko went scoreless and Thabo Sefalosha scored seven earlier than leaving the sport with a sprained proper knee in the second one part.
“I don’t think we did a good job of getting in the paint,” mentioned trainer Quin Snyder. “I don’t know how many points in the paint we had, but we just weren’t able to attack the rim like we needed to.”
Snyder praised his crew’s protection, calling it “fairly solid,” but mentioned the offense was once missing in particular down the stretch.
“We had a game where we didn’t shoot well obviously,” he mentioned. “You’ve got to be able to score to win, but we didn’t score late. I thought we got some good looks. But when you get behind a little bit, it got a little hectic at the end. That can happen.”
The Jazz and Hornets performed lovely even all night time with neither crew ready to become independent from. It was once tied after one quarter at 25 and Charlotte took a 52-46 lead into the locker room. After 3 quarters the Jazz trailed through two at 74-72.
When Mitchell knocked down his 5th Three-pointer with five:50 left, it was once tied 85-85 and the Jazz seemed to be on their method to their 2d immediately highway victory.
But then all of it fell aside.
Mitchell’s move was once intercepted and Nic Batum scored on the different finish. Then with 3 guys surrounding him, Mitchell attempted to move out and it was once stolen once more. The subsequent time down, Mitchell shot an air ball from lengthy vary.
After the Jazz pulled inside 90-87 on a dunk through Favors, Mitchell neglected an 18-footer, then misplaced the ball to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on a scouse borrow. His ultimate turnover got here on an offensive power up the center that was once known as a nasty.
Afterwards, Snyder didn’t blame it on tiredness through Mitchell, who performed 36 mins, the 5th time in six video games he’s performed that many mins.
“That’s the mentality I want him to have, that’s the mentality I want all of us to have,” Snyder mentioned. “He did a lot of good things tonight and made a lot of good plays offensively. And at the end of the game, he still was aggressive and attacking and that’s what we want from him and he’ll get better.”
Mitchell, who mentioned he didn’t know Charlotte proprietor Michael Jordan was once in the home till after the sport, didn’t blame the loss or his errors on fatigue.
“I don’t think we were tired,” he mentioned. “I think it was more a lack of execution. For me personally, I turned the ball over four times. I’ve been making those adjustments on the fly all year, but for some reason I didn’t make them tonight. I don’t know what the hell I did tonight.”
The Hornets have been led through Kemba Walker with 22 issues as he led his crew to its fourth immediately house victory over Utah. Frank Kaminsky scored 16 off the bench, and previous Jazzman Marvin Williams added 15 issues. Kidd-Gilchrist scored 12 and Batum and Lamb chipped in 11.
The Jazz returned house early Saturday morning and can tackle Indiana at house on Monday night time earlier than going to Sacramento for a Wednesday recreation.