Utah Jazz star guard Donovan Mitchell gave the Philadelphia 76ers credit after their Wednesday game but absolutely blasted the way the game was officiated. Mitchell was called for technical fouls on two separate plays inside the final minute of the game as the Sixers claimed a 131-123 overtime win.
The Jazz were up by three late in the regulation but Sixers center Joel Embiid hit a game-tying three pointer with 6.5 seconds to go to send the game into overtime "First off, you know, give the 76ers credit. They played a hard game.
Joel [Embiid] did what he does, and at the end of the day, they're a good team. We competed. But it's tough. It's tough to go out there and see how we fight and compete, and to have a game like that taken from us," Mitchell said, per ESPN.
"Now, I'm never ever one to blame a ref, to blame an official -- I can say I could have done more -- but this is getting out of hand. There have been games like this that we've won, there have been games like this that we've lost.
But this whole refereeing stuff. ... We're nice, we don't complain, like, we don't get frustrated, we fight through things, and the fact that we continually get ... screwed, in a way, by this. You know? "We won this game, in my personal opinion.
You know? But like I said, I'm going to give them credit. They won. Whatever. Cool. But it's been a consistent thing, and the question is, 'Can we do it? Can we sustain it? Are we for real No. 1? And, yeah the hell we are.
And it's getting f---ing ridiculous, that this is what is happening."
Mitchell left the court frustrated
As he was leaving the court, Mitchell smashed a water cooler to the ground and then appeared to apologize to a security guard "We have a whole second half of the season to go and get ready for, and I'm sick of it, to be honest with you," Mitchell said.
"We all are. This is something that just it eats me. It eats at me, man. "Y'all know what it is. We all know what it is. But it's really getting out of hand. It's really, really, really getting out of hand. And the league needs to do something about this.
"I want to see the last two-minute report. I want to see it. But it's getting out of hand."