The Cleveland Cavaliers cannot string together a long winning streak so far in the 2023-24 NBA season.
Keeping that in mind, it’s evident that the Cavaliers have an underwhelming 4-6 record to start the season.
While many would have assumed that the Cavs are struggling on the road, they are 3-3 on the road, as compared to a 1-3 record at home.
Despite that, superstar guard Donovan Mitchell shouldered the blame for not playing well on the road following the team’s recent defeat against the Sacramento Kings via Chris Fedor on Twitter.
“I’m not playing well this trip,” Mitchell said.
Everyone realizes #Cavs defense was just wretched tonight. But Donovan Mitchell shouldered blame for how he has played on this road trip:
"I'm not playing well this trip. I hold myself to a high standard. I can be better. Put us in a better position if I start playing better"
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) November 14, 2023
Donovan Mitchell is averaging 28.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game for the Cavaliers in the 2023-24 NBA season.
Even on the road, Mitchell is putting up 26.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game.
Sure, Mitchell’s scoring has taken some toll, but his numbers have improved otherwise.
It’s great that Mitchell shouldered the blame for the Cavaliers’ failure, but he’s far from the primary issue of the team.
If anything, he’s one of the few silver linings for the franchise in the 2023-24 NBA season.
The key reasons behind the Cavaliers’ inconsistent performances are J.B. Bickerstaff’s underwhelming coaching and Jarrett Allen & Evan Mobley’s poor defensive performances.
In addition, Darius Garland is struggling to shoot the ball from downtown, which has also contributing in the Cavaliers struggling early in the season.
All things considered, the rest of the Cavaliers players need to learn from their leader and support him in winning games over the next few weeks.
If the Cavaliers fail to do so, fans may see a change in the head coaching department alongside a few players getting traded.