(From left to right) Utah Jazz forwards Thabo Sefolosha (22) and Derrick Favors (15) talk with the media about game one during a press availability at the team hotel in Houston on Monday, April 15, 2019.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) works on Houston Rockets guard Iman Shumpert (1) as the Utah Jazz and the Houston Rockets play game one of their series in the NBA playoffs at the Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday, April 14, 2019. Rockets won 122-90.

HOUSTON — Donovan Mitchell was nowhere to be seen, but not just on Sunday when the Jazz got incinerated by Houston. He wasn’t around for media interviews on Monday, either. Rudy Gobert, Ricky Rubio, Joe Ingles and even coach Quin Snyder took a hard pass.

Except for a helpful Derrick Favors, the only other Jazz player on hand was Thabo Sefolosha.

Which is only fair.

Someone from the bench needed to address what happened in the 32-point derailment.

There were numerous breakdowns as the Jazz got overwhelmed in the fourth quarter. These things happen. Houston’s lead jumped from nine to 32 while the Jazz subbed in players, trying to find a hot hand. The team defense, designed to keep the Rockets’ James Harden from hurting them from the 3-point line, was one thing, but keeping him out of the picture was another.

“It’s only Game 1,” Sefolosha said in …read more

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