Groin harm, turnovers haunt Cavs’ Mitchell in loss to Knicks

NEW YORK — Cavaliers star Donovan Mitchell was not sure about his standing transferring ahead after his groin tightened up on the ultimate play of Cleveland’s 105-103 loss to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night time.

“It felt the identical as earlier than,” stated Mitchell, who had missed the earlier three video games with groin tightness. “I do not know what comes subsequent.”

Mitchell had tried to drive into the paint and tie the sport for the Cavaliers, however his shot was blocked by Knicks heart Isaiah Hartenstein for the second time in the sport’s remaining minute. Then, after grabbing the rebound and kicking it out to ahead Evan Mobley — who missed one other potential game-tying shot as New York claimed the victory — Mitchell stayed down on the courtroom for an prolonged interval. He later stated he was not solely coping with groin tightness, but in addition cramping in each legs, all of which occurred on that remaining drive.

He ultimately obtained to his ft and walked off the courtroom underneath his personal energy, though he was visibly upset whereas doing so. Later, Mitchell admitted the frustration got here from each a mix of his poor play down the stretch — not solely did Hartenstein block two of his pictures, however RJ Barrett stripped him on a drive inside the ultimate 90 seconds — and being not sure about his well being going ahead.

“I felt ok to come again, and for that to be the final 5 seconds of the sport actually pisses me off,” Mitchell stated after ending with 24 factors on 9-for-24 taking pictures to associate with eight rebounds, eight assists and 4 steals in 38 minutes. “But I fumbled the sport away for the group, and that is on me. Poor execution on my half down the stretch. They drew up good performs, and I simply did not execute them.

“It’s undoubtedly each [frustration about the injury and his play]however extra so [the injury]. I’m praying that I’m all proper.”

Mitchell’s standing overshadowed what was a frenetic 48 minutes for each groups, because the Knicks — who had misplaced 4 straight — obtained again on observe with a desperately wanted win after play went back-and-forth repeatedly in the fourth quarter thanks to 36 factors and 13 rebounds from Julius Randle. But, from his vantage level, Mitchell stated the loss was solely on his shoulders.

“I screwed that up,” Mitchell stated. “The previous few possessions, I can cry concerning the foul calls all I need. I’ve simply obtained to be extra poised for our group. I had one turnover on a layup, regardless that I really feel like I obtained fouled, pull it out , run a play, get one thing. And then the second the place I airballed the layup, that is on me. I let the crew down on the finish of the sport. We performed a very good recreation up till that time, all of us, and I did not do my job. And that is on me.”

His teammates, nevertheless, felt in any other case.

“I believe it is the emotion nonetheless going round,” Jarrett Allen stated. “He’s considering, ‘What may I’ve achieved higher? I ought to have achieved this, I ought to have achieved that.’ But all of us ought to have achieved one thing. It’s not all on him. I’m not gonna say he did not mess up. I’m not gonna say I did not mess up. We all had a component to play in this recreation .”

The feelings of the night time have been solely heightened by the truth that it was Mitchell’s second recreation at MSG for the reason that Cavaliers landed him in a shocking blockbuster deal in September after the Knicks and Utah Jazz had talked a couple of potential commerce for the All-Star guard for months . New York has now received each video games.

Mitchell, although, has been spectacular in his first season in Cleveland, averaging 28.3 factors per recreation — good for tenth in the league — whereas taking pictures 48.1% from the sphere, 39.6% from 3-point vary and 86.9% from the free. throw line: all career-highs. He’s probably to be voted into the All-Star Game as a starter for the primary time when alternatives are introduced Thursday night time.

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