Cleveland Cavaliers G Donovan Mitchell has been dealing with a groin injury that has him on and off the injury report. The Cavaliers head into a matchup with the Houston Rockets on the road on Thursday night. Here we’ll be updating you on Mitchell’s status for the game.
Donovan Mitchell injury updates
Spida is closer to doubtful to play, being deemed unlikely to go. We’ll see what the official injury report throughout the day tells us. We could see Mitchell ungraded to questionable or even removed from the injury report later in the afternoon. If not, we should operate under the impression that Mitchell will get some rest against a weak Cavaliers team on Thursday night.
Mitchell scored 24 points with 8 rebounds and 8 assists in a close loss to the New York Knicks last game. He played 38 minutes and the starters got most of the usage in that loss. The Rockets game could look a bit different. Darius Garland figures to get more scoring usage. You’d anticipate Caris LeVert starting at SG in place of Mitchell if he sits. LeVert would make for an excellent tournament play. You just have to worry if the Cavs blowout the Rockets. Even with Mitchell unlikely to play, the Cavs are 8.5-point favorites to win.
Ricky Rubio and Cedi Osman could see some garbage time minutes at guard if Mitchell is out. Rubio is working his way back from major surgery and hasn’t played more than 20 minutes in a game this season. He may be extended in this one.