The Cleveland Cavaliers are headed home after a feel-good 109-95 victory over the Portland Trailblazers. Cleveland saw yet another MVP-caliber performance from their superstar guard, Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell scored 34 points shooting an elite 62% from behind the arc on eight attempts. ‘Spida’ also added six rebounds and four assists in a momentum-building win as his Cavaliers head home for two games.
The Cleveland Cavaliers currently sit at 5-6 and have dealt with some injury troubles to start their season. Cleveland was without all-star point guard Darius Garland in their win over Portland and still managed a 14-point victory.
Big Upcoming Games for the Cavaliers
The Cavaliers continue In-Season Tournament play on Friday versus a young Detroit Pistons team. Cleveland could expose Detroit’s youth and continue to build momentum as they progress toward a big stretch of games. The Cavaliers’ next five games see them have some big matchups versus the Nuggets, 76ers, Heat and Lakers.
Cleveland is getting back home at the right time. Building some momentum heading into that tough stretch could lead to some statement wins for the Cavaliers.
Key Players for Cleveland Early On
Through their first 11 games, Cleveland is seeing some stellar performances from Donovan Mitchell, Caris LeVert and Evan Mobley. The trio is leading the way for Cleveland as fellow stars Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen look to get healthy.
The Cavaliers bench is a glaring issue for the team, as their reserve unit ranks 29th in offensive rating. The bench has been Cleveland’s downfall early in the season and the team could look to dip into the G-League for a bolster in scoring. The Cavaliers saw their second-round pick of the 2023 draft, Emoni Bates, scored an eye-popping 29 points in a comeback win for the Cleveland Charge.
Cavaliers Heading Home
Regardless of what the team elects to do, Cleveland could start making some serious noise if they can get hot in their two-game stretch at home. The Cavaliers could use some statement wins to put themselves in the conversation for one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.