The Cleveland Cavaliers started their playoff journey on Saturday night with a loss.
The team couldn’t keep up with the New York Knicks and lost a hard-fought match, 101-97.
Donovan Mitchell went off, but it wasn’t enough to beat the New Yorkers.
Even with the defeat, the player made history in his Cavaliers playoff debut.
Despite the loss, Donovan Mitchell sets the Cavaliers playoff debut scoring record with 38 points.
He is also the 1st player to score 30+ points in 20 of his first 40 playoff games since Allen Iverson. pic.twitter.com/UrJd2SwCdC
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 16, 2023
Mitchell set the Cavaliers’ playoff debut scoring record with 38 points.
He also became the first player to score 30 or more points in 20 of his first 40 playoff games.
Despite all the criticism he received during his time with the Utah Jazz, Mitchell is made for these moments.
The guard carried his team, making big plays against the Knicks, but it wasn’t enough for them.
He finished the game with 38 points, five rebounds and eight rebounds.
Now, the Cavaliers need to make the adjustments in Game 2 of this series.
Mitchell made big shots, but Jalen Brunson was on a tear too, helping his team with 27 points.
The Cavaliers made the playoffs without LeBron James for the first time since 1998.
Cavs are headed to their first postseason without LeBron since the 1997-98 season 🤯 pic.twitter.com/6WzqXjrg1F
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 27, 2023
They won’t stop here, as the 2016 NBA champions are looking to get more.
Things could get very interesting for them if they get past the Knicks, but the New Yorkers are a tough rival.NEXT: Cavaliers Insider Reveals Game 1 Update On Key Starter