The road to the NBA Cup is over for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers took down the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night but their victory didn’t secure them a spot in the knockout round of the NBA In-Season Tournament.
But just because they didn’t advance doesn’t mean the team wasn’t very happy when Tuesday’s game was over.
According to Tom Withers, both Donovan Mitchell and Evan Mobley applauded their team following the 128-105 victory over the Hawks.
They said it was disappointing to not advance but they “took comfort” in how the Cavaliers performed.
Mitchell and Mobley both said it’s disappointing not to advance, but took comfort in how Cavs played. pic.twitter.com/11oLbFGyrG
— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) November 29, 2023
The Cavaliers demolished the Hawks but they still had a 3-1 record in Group A of the Eastern Conference.
The Indiana Pacers, on the other hand, had a 4-0 record, meaning they will progress to the next round of the tournament while the Cavaliers will stay home.
Although Mitchell, Mobley, and the team would have been elated to travel to Las Vegas and keep their chances alive, they are still pleased with what they saw from their squad.
Mitchell was electric with 40 points and 11 rebounds, while Mobley posted 17 points and 19 rebounds, including 14 defensive rebounds.
Darius Garland, Georges Niang, Jarrett Allen, and Max Strus also contributed to the special win.
This was a very even victory for the Cavaliers, with multiple players chipping in and making the win possible.
That is very encouraging news for fans of the team, who were also happy with the team’s defense.
The Cavaliers were able to limit Trae Young to just 13 points in the game, which was an impressive feat.
The team looked formidable in just about every way, which makes the sting of leaving the In-Season Tournament a bit easier to handle.