Cavs’ Mitchell To Miss More Time Due To Knee Injury

Cavaliers star Donovan Mitchell, who returned to action on Wednesday after missing seven games due to a left knee bone bruise, is expected to be sidelined again due to his nagging knee issue, according to Chris Fedor of (subscription required).

Michell didn’t look like himself in his first two games back, scoring just 27 total points on 9-of-29 shooting (31.0%). He lacked explosiveness on Saturday vs. Houston in a game he exited multiple times due to injury, Fedor notes. The All-Star guard admitted during a post-game media session that the knee is still a problem.

“I’m probably not playing next game, to be honest with you,” Mitchell told reporters, including Fedor. “Just gotta take some time to rest and get it right. I thought I was ready. I’m not. It sucks. I want to be out there. But it’s clear as day. Even to myself. I can’t fool myself. Just get it right and be ready when that time comes.”

Mitchell told Fedor that he’s not sure how much time he’ll have to miss, but said no operation should be necessary and expressed optimism that he’ll be back to 100% before the end of the regular season.

“The one thing we don’t have time for is rest but that’s what you need is rest. Sit my ass down and take the proper approach because at the end of the day it’s April that we are getting ready for,” he said. “Tried to hide it as much as I can. But it’s pretty blatant and obvious. It sucks. I’m pissed off. But I trust these guys. Gonna go out there and do their thing. I will get right. And then be ready to go.

“… I’m a very eager person. I want to be out there. I have no doubt I will be fine. Everybody else believes the same thing. It’s not a concern from that standpoint. It’s more me fighting my own battle.”

The Cavaliers are currently dealing with a series of injuries to their starters. Evan Mobley (left ankle sprain) has been on the shelf for six consecutive games, while Max Strus (left knee strain) has been out for the past seven. Dean Wade, who had taken over Mobley’s spot in the starting lineup, rejoined the team on Friday after missing three games for personal reasons, but was ruled out for Saturday’s contest due to right knee soreness.

Head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said on Saturday that it will require a group effort to keep the team on track during another Mitchell absence. The Cavs currently have a 42-25 record and are one game back of the Bucks for the No. 2 seed in the East, with a two-game cushion on the No. 4 Knicks.

“It’s everybody. Everybody has to tick up,” Bickerstaff. “That’s what we’ve done in the past. Everybody has stepped their own game up and played to their strengths. We have proven that we can do it because we have always done it together. That is the focus of every single night, every conversation we have, it’s about the whole.”

For what it’s worth, Mitchell is already ineligible for end-of-season awards, including All-NBA honors, since he has missed more than 17 games this season.

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