Cavaliers Overcome Injuries to Defeat Celtics, but Faces Challenges in Making Playoffs

Evan Mobley of the Cavaliers sidelined with ankle injury in victory over Celtics amid roster shortages

Cleveland Cavaliers are facing challenges as star Donovan Mitchell and third-year big man Evan Mobley have been ruled out due to injuries. Mobley exited Tuesday’s game against the Boston Celtics with a left ankle sprain after landing awkwardly on an uncontested dunk, while Mitchell has been sidelined with a bone bruise in his left knee since late February. Prior to the game, Max Strus had also been ruled out due to a right knee strain.

Despite these setbacks, Cleveland was able to rally from a 22-point deficit and secure a 105-104 victory over the Celtics, marked by a foul call against Jayson Tatum being overturned in the final second. It was later announced that Mobley would not return to the game after his injury occurred when he landed awkwardly after an uncontested dunk and immediately clutched his lower leg as he collapsed. He tried to continue playing but eventually limped off the court and was taken to the locker room with a trainer.

The absence of Mobley and Mitchell has raised concerns for the team’s chances of making it into playoff contention in the Western Conference. While there is a possibility that Mitchell could be back for their upcoming game against the Brooklyn Nets on March 10, they face challenges in the meantime taking on the Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves without him. The Cavaliers will need to rely heavily on their remaining players and hope for quick recoveries for their key players if they want to make it into playoffs this season.

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