Extra Pass: What will Mitchell do for an encore?

Published January 4, 2023, 4:00 PMJC Ansis

The Cavs' hosting of the Suns comes on the heels of Donovan Mitchell's 71-point performance.

What's up with the Suns?

The Suns are far from where they want to be. They're eighth in the West, 4.5 games behind the first-place Denver Nuggets. They're also far from being fully healthy with Devin Booker, their leading scorer, sidelined because of a groin injury. Cam Johnson, who was an integral part in the previous years, has yet to suit up this season.

The Suns have lost three straight games—six of their last seven—and hope to end their road trip on a winning note.

Phoenix is coming off a tough loss, losing badly to the New York Knicks as they struggled on both ends of the floor. The Suns scored just 11 points in the opening period and only 31 in the first half, prompting Deandre Ayton to say he's "not used to the no-fight in us."?

What's up with the Cavs?

The Cavs, on the other hand, have won two straight games - both at the expense of the Chicago Bulls.

In the latest encounter with the Bulls, Donovan Mitchell put up an amazing line, scoring a career-high 71 points, to go along with eight rebounds, and 11 assists.

The Cavs are now 6-0 in overtime games this season and have won seven of their last 10 games. Cleveland is currently fourth in the East with a 24-14 record.

With Darius Garland out, Mitchell has taken more of the burden on offense. In home games, Spida is averaging 30 points on almost 50 percent shooting. We find out tomorrow if he can carry over the momentum from his historic performance and continue his hot shooting against the Suns.


The Cavaliers will be favored in this first meeting between the two teams. The Suns haven't been playing well and probably won't have enough to hang with the Cleveland—which is a great defensive team—even if Garland and Evan Mobley don't play.

Where to watch

The Cavs and Suns matchup will air live tomorrow at 8:00 AM on NBA League Pass.