Donovan Mitchell is willing the Cavs to victories whether they like it or not
Donovan Mitchell's 40 point double-double against the Hawks is reason enough to crown him this week, but he has also just been a constant producer for Cleveland. He has not had a seven-game run of 40 points a night, but he is playing hard on both ends of the court every game. Mitchell is one of the few Cavs who has been consistent all season.
In the loss to Portland, Mitchell scored 23 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, dished out 6 assists and forced 4 turnovers. His presence has been necessary for the Cavs to win right now. Even though he shot 1-of-9 from three-point range, Mitchell was the best Cavalier that night. Against the Pistons, Mitchell had his quietest night of the week, but he still managed to drop 20 points and give the Cavs needed help down the stretch.
Going forward, Mitchell's endurance will be put to the test, as the Cavs face off against the Boston Celtics twice in a row. Last season, Mitchell averaged an outstanding 37.5 points in four games against the Celtics. The Cavs have yet to play Boston this season, and with their needed resurgence, Mitchell will have his best chance to get two statement wins for Cleveland.
Evan Mobley is flat out amazing for the Cleveland Cavaliers
As much as Evan Mobley is not and will probably never be a floor spacer from deep, he is doing everything else the Cavs could ask him to do. He has yet to miss a game, and he is averaging a double-double for the first time in his career.
Mobley had a wildly memorable night against the Hawks with 17 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and 7 blocks as the Cavs coasted to their 23-point victory. Additionally, his aggression and mid-range jump shot are coming around. By developing his elbow jumper and post moves more, he is creating more opportunities for himself and his teammates.
Every season, Mobley has shown a knack for playmaking and finding the open man. His limited offensive versatility bogged down this aspect, though, as teams only needed to guard him right next to the basket. If defenders have to be attached to him anywhere within the 3-point line, Mobley can operate in a much larger space than before. This has undoubtedly played a role in his career-high three assists per game.
Perhaps the most impressive growth from Mobley this year is his free-throw shooting. In his first two seasons, Mobley shot below 70 percent from the line. Currently, Mobley is connecting on 76.9 percent of his 3.3 attempts per game. All the signs are there that Mobley is having a leap this year, even if it is not to 25 points per game.
The expected offensive leaps for Mobley were maybe exaggerated, as he is the third option on a win-now team. Even though he is not the leading scorer, Mobley is making winning plays every time down the court, and he is learning from every bad decision he makes.
As long as Mobley is in the wine and gold, the future of the Cleveland Cavaliers is in good hands.
Up next, the Cavaliers will host the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, December 6 at 7pm Eastern Time. That is their last home game until December 16, as the Cavs head to Miami, then Orlando, followed by two games in Boston. All three teams they will play this week have a winning record, meaning this stretch will be a true test of Cleveland's fortitude.