The Cavaliers are playing good basketball at home this season. Overall, they have a 16-9 record. They just came off an impressive victory against the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. Donovan Mitchell had a monster performance by dropping 43 points. Evan Mobley added 12 rebounds. That’s the Donovan Mitchell we would love to see more often. Despite the Cavs winning the last winning, their road games haven’t been impressive. The Cavs have lost seven of their last eight road games.
Their 92-81 loss against the New York Knicks on Sunday night was terrible. Cavs were held a season-low in points and field goal percentage. Aside from losing to the Knicks, the Cavs have lost on the road to the Milwaukee Bucks (twice), Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers.
For the Cavs to become a great team, they would need to beat the good teams, especially on the road. Great teams excel playing on the road. Every player on their starting rotation must step up, but I need to look at their best player, Donovan Mitchell, the most because he’s the one that needs to take them to the promised land.
I can’t help but think about when Shaq told Donovan Mitchell, “You don’t have what it takes.” For a person that studied Journalism, I would’ve worded that differently because it sounded a bit too harsh. However, I applaud Mitchell for taking the criticism like a pro. I want to see Mitchell prove many people wrong, especially Shaq, that he does have what it takes. To do that, he must get out of the first round more frequently. Mitchell is very talented to play at least in the Conference Finals or even in the NBA Finals.
The Cavs need to be consistent if they want to compete against great teams in the East like the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. The last road win was against the Detroit Pistons on November 27th.