The Comeback Kids Strike Again on Monday
The Cleveland Cavaliers hosted the Boston Celtics in a back-and-forth battle. The Celtics were short-handed in this game, but they gave Cleveland problems for the first three quarters. The Cavs have struggled this season with playing effort, especially in this game, but once again, you can never count them out. The Cavs showed tremendous competition in the 4th quarter.
Celtics’ Grant Williams had a chance to win it for the Celtics. Before the free throw attempts, Williams and Mitchell were talking trash. Williams told Mitchell that he was going to make both free throws, but he missed both of them. The game went overtime. All the momentum went to Cleveland in overtime. Lamar Stevens didn’t get much playing time was a massive contribution to the Cavs when he hit that big three-pointer in overtime that gave the Cavs a big boost. Cavs went on to win 118–114.
It wasn’t a pretty game, but a win is a win. The comeback kids have done it again.
This was an important victory for the Cavs from an Eastern Conference Standings standpoint. Donovan Mitchell scored 40 points, 14-for-34 from the field, four of 11 from the three-point line and went perfect from the free throw line 8-for-8. Evan Mobley added 17 rebounds. Darius Garland recorded 17 points with 12 assists.
Evan Mobley was the second-best player for the Cavs in this game. He did an incredible job on defense. Mitchell and Mobley put this team on their back. Darius Garland did his thing at some points of the game, but Mitchell and Mobley showed up and came out to play from the get-go.
Cavs need to improve to not get punched in the mouth early in the game and then play catch-up in the second half. I want to see more urgency from them from the start of the game to the end of the game. Don’t leave all the great stuff for the fourth quarter. Donovan Mitchell always gives the team their total effort from the start of the game. His motor is on another level.