The Cleveland Cavaliers are a big threat out of the Eastern Conference.
Donovan Mitchell turned them from an up-and-coming team into a legit dark horse, and his scoring prowess is reason alone to be concerned about them in a seven-game series.
Moreover, the Cavaliers are an intriguing team because of how well they match up against the Boston Celtics.
J.B. Bickerstaff has kind of figured them out, and it seems like they could have a shot at pulling off an upset in the playoffs.
They proved just that again on Monday night, coming back from a huge deficit to force overtime and then get the home win over their hard-fighting rivals.
Unsurprisingly, plenty of that had to do with Mitchell, again.
The former Utah Jazz star guard dropped 40 points with 11 rebounds, scoring seven straight in the clutch to help his team get the job done.
Donovan Mitchell dropped a 40-piece in the Cavs' OT win 🪣 pic.twitter.com/w9JP3app8q
— ESPN (@espn) March 7, 2023
Needless to say, those numbers didn’t go unnoticed by NBA Twitter, with fans giving him his flowers again.
You already know. pic.twitter.com/ft7CnV44Db
— Cavaliers Pilipinas 🇵🇭 (@clecavs_ph) March 7, 2023
Man, I leave this game Celtics Winning. Wao. Aplauses 👏 for Spida
— Javier Bobadilla Fernández (@JBFasesor) March 7, 2023
cavs and knicks are bostons daddy
— (39-27) (0-0-0) (6-4) (35-19-9) (15-5) (@newyorkcityspts) March 7, 2023
The NBA’s premiere SG.
— cannot dodge the quad laser (@GloverDylan) March 7, 2023
Of course, it feels like the Cavs should have never been in that position to begin with, as the Celtics were off a back-to-back after playing a double-overtime game and without Jayson Tatum.
But still, Mitchell’s determination to step up and single-handedly carry his team’s offense in crunch time proves why he’s such a special player in this league.
The Cavs have too many young weapons and versatile pieces, and they make each other better; there’s no ego.
So, you better look out for this team come playoff time.NEXT: Kendrick Perkins Gives His Opinion On Donovan Mitchell