‘We Won This Game’: Donovan Mitchell Sick of NBA Officials after Loss to Sixers in OT

Published 03/03/2021, 11:27 PM EST
Dec 12, 2020; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) prepares for their game against the Phoenix Suns at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports


In the live wire game between the conference toppers, the Sixers defeated the Jazz 131-123 in OT. It was a regular-season game before the All-star break that felt like Game 7 in every measure. However, the alleged poor officiating marred the high-quality game and provoked angry reactions from star Donovan Mitchell. 

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Utah’s point guard became victim to the claimed softness of the referees and faced an ejection when his presence was crucial for Jazz. What followed that was a flurry of reactions coming from fans and the players alike.

What forced Donovan Mitchell to his boiling point?

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In the post-game interview, the leading scorer for the Jazz expressed in utter disappointment, “I’m sick of it. This eats at me. Y’all know what it is, we know what it is, but it’s getting out of hand. The league needs to do something about this.”

Donovan Mitchell: "I'm never one to blame the officials, but this is getting out of hand… the fact that we get continually screwed like this… we won this game, in my personal opinion."

— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) March 4, 2021

Not just this. He even went on to claim “we won this game.” Donovan’s first technical foul came after a play where the Sixers could not convert an offensive rebound while the refs awarded Jazz a foul.

Later, just as the Utah-based squad collectively freaked out, Joel Embiid signaled a “T” towards the refs, and that is how it all started. It was a game that saw many controversial fouls given by the refs, and it all appeared too soft to let go by.

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The moment Utah Jazz guard attracted problems for himself

The Jazz were leading 118-115 with under 10 seconds left when Joel Embiid scored a clutch three to level the score. Later, Mike Conley, who had a great night from the deep range, missed a floating jump shot and the game went into OT. 

It was then when Donovan’s 33-point night went down the drain. With 30 seconds remaining in the OT and the Jazz trailing by five points, Bojan Bogdanovic (Jazz) and Shake Milton (76ers) found themselves tangled for the possession.

On the other end of the court, Donovan attracted his second Technical after a hot-headed reaction from him. After that, he did everything he shouldn’t have.

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Embiid was begging for Spida to get a tech and then he got ejected 😅 pic.twitter.com/4pkoKwuLWQ

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 4, 2021

That smashing of the Gatorade cooler and the blaming on refs in front of the media can attract a potential problem for him. But overall, it was clear that there were some poor calls in the night.

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Do you agree that the league must do something about this? Help us know your views in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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