Hip injury, ups and downs haunted Mitchell, who lost to the Knicks


New York – Cavaliers star Donovan Mitchell He wasn’t sure where he was moving forward after pulling his quadriceps muscle in the final game of Cleveland’s 105-103 loss to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night.

“It just felt the same as before,” said Mitchell, who missed the previous three matches with a tight groin. “I don’t know what will happen next.”

Mitchell tried to get close to the paint and tie the game for the Cavaliers, but his shot was blocked by the Knicks. Isaiah Hartenstein For the second time in the last minute of the match. Then after grabbing the rebound and kicking it forward Evan Mobley — who missed another chance to tie the game as New York claimed victory — Mitchell stayed on the field for a long time. Not only was he experiencing tightness in his groin, he said later, he had cramps in both legs, and it all happened on that final drive.

He eventually got to his feet and walked off the field under his own power, although he was visibly upset as he did so. Later, Mitchell admitted that the frustration came from a combination of his poor play down the stretch — not only did Hartenstein block two of his shots, but RJ Barrett Take him on a trip in the last 90 seconds – and not be sure of his health in the future.

Mitchell said after finishing with 24 points on 9-for-24 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and eight assists. and four steals in 38 minutes. “But I fumbled the game away from the set, and that’s on me. Poor execution on my part all the way down the field. They set up perfect plays, and I didn’t execute them.”

“Both of them for sure [frustration about the injury and his play]but more than that [the injury]. I am praying that I will be fine.”

Mitchell’s stature overshadowed what had been a frantic 48 minutes for both teams as the Knicks – who had lost four in a row – got back on track with a much-needed victory after playing back and forth again and again in the fourth quarter thanks to 36 points and 13 rebounds. Julius Randel. But from his point of view, Mitchell said the loss was solely on his shoulders.

“I messed it up,” Mitchell said. “Last few possessions, I can cry about foul calls all I want. I’ve got to be more prepared for our set. I had one turnover throwing the ball, even though I feel like I’m being fouled. Pull it, make a play, get something. Then. The second I roll a layup, that’s on me. I quit the team at the end of the game. We’ve had a really good game up until that point, all of us, and I haven’t done my job. And that’s on me.”

But his colleagues felt otherwise.

“I think the feeling lingers,” Jarrett Allen He said. He’s thinking, ‘What could I have done better? I should have done this, I should have done that. “But we all had to do something. Not everything is on him. I wouldn’t say he didn’t make a mistake. I wouldn’t say I didn’t make a mistake. We all had a part to play in this game.”

The night’s feelings were only exacerbated by the fact that it was Mitchell’s second game at MSG since the Cavaliers landed him in a staggering trade in September after the Knicks and Utah Jazz had talked about a potential All-Star guard deal for months. . New York has now won both games.

Despite this, Mitchell was amazing in his first season in Cleveland, averaging 28.3 points per game—good for 10th in the league—while shooting 48.1% from the field, 39.6% from 3-point range and 86.9% from free range. Throwing Line: All Career Highs. He will likely be voted into the All-Star Game as a first-time starter when the selections are announced Thursday night.

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