The ball movement from this Cavaliers team is incredible. In Monday night’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cavs played one of the most impressive games of the season. The Clippers are one of the best teams this season and Cleveland took care of business at home. The Cavs won by the final score of 118-108.
Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell is a scoring machine. We know he can put up points, but the biggest takeaway from Mitchell in this game was his ability to facilitate. He’s improving his playmaking skills. This is the Donovan Mitchell we want to see going forward. We need his scoring but we also need him to get his teammates more involved. Mitchell finished the game with 28 points and 12 assists. Both Mitchell and center Jarrett Allen led the Cavs with a double-double. Allen had 20 points and 17 rebounds. The Cavs had six players in double figures.
It wasn’t just facilitating that the Cavs did best in this game. Although both Clippers and Cavs each had 28 assists. The team also won the rebound game. Cavaliers outrebounded the Clippers 46-37. The flaw that the Cavs need to correct and learn from this game is their turnover and first-half slow start. The Cavs had a total of 13 turnovers in this game and they need to start the game with much more focus and resilience. The Cavs played much better near the end of the second quarter and the second half.
Speaking of resilience, guess who’s back in the lineup? Evan Mobley! He made his return against the Clippers last night. Mobley finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting and nine rebounds in 21 minutes. Mobley was out for several weeks due to arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
Cavaliers improve to 28-16. They’re currently the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Their next matchup is against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.