Cavaliers star Donovan Mitchell to miss next three games, possibly more, with knee injury

Mar. 4—The left knee soreness that prevented Cavaliers All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell from playing the last two games will cause him to miss at least three more, the Cavs announced in an email on March 4.

"Donovan Mitchell received a Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injection today at the Cleveland Clinic Sports Medicine center to treat a left knee bone bruise that sidelined him for the Cavaliers previous two games," the team announced in a statement. "Mitchell will be listed as OUT for the next three games (March 5 vs. Boston, March 6 at Atlanta, and March 8 vs. Minnesota). His status will be re-evaluated over the weekend and updated as appropriate."

The Celtics (48-12) own the best record in the NBA and lead second-place Milwaukee by 8.5 games in the NBA East. The Cavaliers are a half-game behind the Bucks.

The Timberwolves have been locked in a tight race at the top of the NBA West all season. They are currently second in the West and tied with the Denver Nuggets at 42-19 and are a half-game behind the West-leading Oklahoma City Thunder.

Mitchell, averaging 28 points an outing, missed 13 of the 60 games the Cavaliers have played this season. The Cavs are 39-21 overall but 7-6 when Mitchell doesn't play.

Mitchell most recently missed the 110-100 victory over the lowly Pistons in Detroit on March 1 and the 107-98 loss to Knicks at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on March 3.

Knicks stars Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson have been out an extended period with injuries. All-Star guard Jalen Brunson was injured in the first minute of the game March 3. The Knicks overcame the injuries to their key players, but the Cavs could not overcome the injuries to Mitchell and Caris LeVert, who is dealing with a sprained right elbow.

The final scores of the games Mitchell has missed were not close. The Cavs lost the six games Mitchell didn't play by an average of 14.5 points. The narrowest defeats were seven points twice — a 116-109 loss to the Magic at the FieldHouse on Feb. 22 and a 104-97 loss to the 76ers in Philadelphia a night later. Mitchell missed both games with an undisclosed illness. Despite being ill, he was on the bench in street clothes and in the locker room when his teammates played the Magic.

The Cavs failed to surpass 100 points in three of the games they lost when Mitchell did not play. They are averaging 114.4 points a game throughout 60 games. That ranks 18th in the NBA.


When: 7:30 p.m., March 5

Where: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

Records: Celtics 48-12, Cavaliers 39-21