PORTLAND, Ore. — Donovan Mitchell isn’t worried, even if he is one of the poorest shooters in the NBA right now.
Mitchell is shooting just 36.9 percent from the field during the month of December and is coming off a 5-for-26 game against Golden State Wednesday night, including 2 for 11 from 3-point range. Mitchell ranks 116th in the NBA out of 128 qualified players in overall field goal shooting percentage and is 141st out of 143 qualified players in 3-point shooting.
“I say it all the time, I don’t care,” he said after Friday’s shootaround prior to Friday night’s game against the Trail Blazers. “If I made six more shots (Wednesday), we wouldn’t be having this conversation. At the end of the day, it’s making shots and making the right plays. I’m trying to better myself in that area. I know what I can do, my teammates know what I can do, it’s just a matter of me getting better on a daily basis.”
Joe Ingles said he and other teammates encourage Mitchell to keep shooting, believing the shots will start to fall more consistently.
“I don’t care what he shoots — he can shoot 1 for 100 or 100 for 100,” Ingles said. “We want him to be aggressive, we want him to take the shots that he’s confident with. We’re going to support him 100 percent. If he makes it, great, if he doesn’t he’ll probably make the next one. It’s on all of us to keep encouraging him.”
Friday’s game (8 p.m. MT) at the Moda Center is the first against Portland this season. The two teams will play again on Christmas night at Vivint Arena and then twice in January, the 21st at home and the 30th in Portland.