Jazz's Mitchell on slump: 'I was in my head'
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“I was in my head,” Mitchell told ESPN after busting out of his slump with a 38-point, seven-assist performance in Wednesday’s 100-89 win over the Houston Rockets. “I didn’t get much sleep.”
Mitchell, who shot 34.4 percent and had more turnovers (10) than assists (nine) during Utah’s 1-2 start, credited a couple teammates with helping him return to form. He went to dinner and watched extra film Tuesday night with Utah reserves Royce O’Neale and Ekpe Udoh, two of his best friends on the Jazz, who echoed the message of the coaches and other teammates to relax and focus on making the right reads.
The result was one of the best all-around performances in the young career of last season’s Rookie of the Year runner-up. The 38 points marked the third-highest-scoring game of Mitchell’s career. The seven assists matched his fourth-highest total.
“The past few games, I’d been struggling because I’d been kind of pressing the issue,” Mitchell said. “I came into [Wednesday’s game]