Big Night for the Small Guard


Chase Smith, Reporter

Six-foot tall, shooting guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association, Donovan Mitchell, had one of the best games in NBA history on January 2, 2023. Mitchell started the new year with a splash, a lot of them actually. Only having been a Cavalier since he was traded to the team at the beginning of September, Mitchell set the franchise record for points scored in a game with a whopping 71 point performance. Along with scoring the sixth most points in a game ever, the Cleveland guard dished out eleven assists, and grabbed eight rebounds, and made the game-tying shot that led to an overtime victory against the Chicago Bulls. The Cavs trailed by eighteen going into the halftime break and were struggling without two of their main players in All-Star Darius Garland, and young sensation, Evan Mobley. Mitchell knew he had to take over after struggling early in the game, but he had no idea that he would finish the game with the amount of points that he did. When asked about the performance Freshman, Javen Loker, exclaimed, “Witnessing someone put up that statline is crazy! It’s something straight out of a video game.” Statistically, Mitchell had the 3rd best game in recent NBA history. The following morning, the star player took the news of getting drug-tested to Twitter. The tweet read, “Andddd just like that we are drug tested this morning.” The league has a history of drug testing players after having a standout game or crazy highlight. Mitchell hopes to lead his new team to its second-ever championship and, with outings like this one, his goal is very possible.