The Utah Jazz blew a 22-point lead and allowed 78 second-half points in a loss to the Detroit Pistons on Monday. After the game, Donovan Mitchell expressed frustration with his team's play.
“We’re fooling ourselves if you think we can win a championship playing like this,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell went on criticize the team's poor defense with Rudy Gobert out in the health and safety protocols.
“We have to fix it. We did it. We’re capable. We did it against the Denver Nuggets. So, it’s not that we can’t. We’ve done it," Mitchell said. "When we don’t have Rudy Gobert back there, our intensity has to turn up. And this is from the first player through 17, or however many players are on our roster. We aren’t defending on a consistent basis, and it’s got to be fixed.”