Cavaliers’ Donovan Mitchell to miss at least next 3 games with knee injury: What it means for his All-NBA chances

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CLEVELAND — Cavaliers star guard Donovan Mitchell will miss at least the next three games with a bone bruise on his left knee, the team announced Monday, and is dangerously close to being ineligible for an All-NBA mention he would otherwise likely get.

Mitchell, the league’s fourth-leading scorer at 28 points per game, had already missed the previous two games due to the injury. The Cavs said he received a platelet-rich plasma injection into his knee Monday at the Cleveland Clinic.

Mitchell last played 44 minutes in a double-overtime loss to the Chicago Bulls on Feb. 28. He had been listed as questionable to play in each of Cleveland’s two games after that.

Mitchell has already missed 13 games this season due to various illnesses and minor injuries. An All-NBA selection last season, Mitchell can only miss one more game after these next three scheduled absences and still make an All-NBA roster (or be eligible for MVP — the league’s most coveted individual award for which he is a long-shot candidate).

Cleveland lost to a depleted New York Knicks team on Sunday and was knocked out of second place in the East. The next two games aren’t any easier. The Boston Celtics come to town Tuesday, followed by a game Wednesday in Atlanta, and the Minnesota Timberwolves will be at the Cavs on Friday. The Celtics (48-12) have the NBA’s best record and the Timberwolves (42-19) are a half-game out of first place in the West.

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