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Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell helps limit Jayson Tatum to 12 points

Boston Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum was arguably the best player on the floor through the first two days of the Utah Pro Summer League in Salt Lake City. Naturally, Donovan Mitchell wanted to guard him.

Mitchell, the No. 13 overall pick by the Utah Jazz, was matched up against Tatum much of the night Thursday, and Mitchell made him work for every little thing.

Donovan Mitchell scored only eight points, but he defended Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum much of the game, limiting him to 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting. Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE/Getty Images
Known for his defensive prowess, Mitchell had the crowd screaming during a two-possession stretch where he stripped Tatum of the ball, then caused the former Duke player to fall to the ground with a spin move, then assisting on Julian Wright's dunk.

"You just use days like this to get better," said Tatum, the No. 3 overall pick of this year's draft. "Every day isn't going to be great and you have days like this. Just keep having fun. It's basketball. So that's what I'm going to keep doing."

Tatum finished with 12 points on just 4-of-12 shooting and had 12 rebounds. He cooled off after totaling 44 points in his first two summer league games, including a debut performance in which he hit the go-ahead jumper with 5.7 seconds left and finished with 21 points to beat the Philadelphia 76ers and No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz.

Mitchell specifically asked to defend Tatum in the second quarter.

"I didn't really have a great offensive game, but defense travels," Mitchell said. "Just not letting [Tatum] get comfortable. He hit his first two shots and he was really comfortable. I was just noticing the whole first quarter.

"Like I told my mom, the success is great, but at the end of the day this is summer league."

Mitchell had eight points, four steals and a dazzling display of defense in a 68-65 Jazz win. Celtics summer league coach Jerome Allen praised Mitchell after the game.

"I won't say an education, but I will say give Donovan Mitchell a lot of credit," Allen said. "He played extremely hard and defended and tried to attack on both ends of the floor.

"But for Jayson, that's going to be the norm throughout the rest of his career. Guys are going to try to do whatever they can to impose their will on him to make it difficult for him to score the ball."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/19879759/donovan-mitchell-utah-jazz-helps-hold-celtics-rookie-jayson-tatum-12-points-utah-pro-summer-league

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