The Utah Jazz season came to an end in the Western Conference Semifinals. After a monster comeback for the LA Clippers in Game 6, Donovan Mitchell and Co. have to pack their bags. The frustration after the playoff is great.
“It hasn’t really hit me yet. I’m still in shock,” said a frustrated Mitchell after the 119-131 defeat in Game 6, which made the playoff perfect. “I don’t know what I’ll do next week. I will probably watch the games like a madman. This is more painful than last year. I’ll have to nibble on that for a while.”
Above all, the way the bankruptcy shocked the guests. Utah was still up to 25 points ahead in the third quarter after the red-hot Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson (21 points in the second quarter) shot their team in the lead. But then the break-in followed. The second half went to the Clippers with a total of 81:47, who, led by the outstanding Terance Mann, scored 71.4 percent from the field and 73.7 percent from downtown (14/19 threesome).
“At the beginning of the third quarter we started to lose the ball,” said Head Coach Quin Snyder. “We tried to defend against the ball, but we had problems staying in front of our opponent. Man hit his throws … everyone hit throws. Almost 74 percent of the triple line is an unusual number. But we have a few Paints not well done. “
Still, Snyder emphasized: “I’m incredibly proud of this team. When you end the season with such a defeat, it’s hard to think back to a season that I think was outstanding.” The Jazz finished the regular season with 52 wins and 20 defeats as the best team in the league, but for the fifth time in a row it was not enough to make it into the West Finals.
Jazz star Donovan Mitchell? “He is a warrior”
“Of course it’s painful,” said Rudy Gobert. “We had a great year. We felt we had the weapons we needed on the way to a title. It is painful, but we will learn from it.”
Coach Snyder also had special praise for Mitchell, who defended himself against the impending defeat with 39 points despite a damaged ankle. “He’s a warrior,” said Snyder. “He is a unique player who is very competitive and has a desire to play in the face of such pain. As the game progressed it became more difficult for him.”
“It hurts a lot. I tried to play despite the injury. I tried to find some way out but now we have to go home,” said Mitchell. “I’m not mentally ready for it yet. We fought so hard.”
Jazz vs. Clippers: the series at a glance
|1||9. June||4 o’clock||Jazz||Clippers||112:109|
|2||11. June||4 o’clock||Jazz||Clippers||117:111|
|3||13. June||2.30 a.m.||Clippers||Jazz||132:106|
|4||15. June||4 o’clock||Clippers||Jazz||118:104|
|5||17. June||4 o’clock||Jazz||Clippers||111:119|
|6||19. June||4 o’clock||Clippers||Jazz||131:119|