Cavaliers’ Donovan Mitchell Undergoes Medical Procedure for Nasal Fracture

Donovan Mitchell during his time with Louisville in 2017
Donovan Mitchell during his time with Louisville in 2017. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (8468529a)

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced on Tuesday that their star shooting guard Donovan Mitchell underwent a medical procedure to fix a nasal fracture he suffered last week. 

Mitchell was injured during a 117-103 loss to the Houston Rockets on March 16 after bumping into his teammate Tristan Thompson. According to the Cavs, Mitchell will be reevaluated in one week, after which his status will be updated. 

Mitchell has been struggling with injuries in 2023-24, missing a total of 19 games so far. He was previously out for a seven-game stretch earlier this month due to a bone bruise in his left knee. The game against the Rockets was only his second after returning to action.

When healthy, Mitchell has been the best player on the Cavaliers’ roster by far. Before going down with a nasal fracture, he was averaging 27.4 points and career highs in rebounds (5.3), assists (6.1), and steals (1.8).

The news is a major hit for the Cavaliers as they are trying to remain in the top four in Eastern Conference standings. They are currently sitting at No. 3 with a 43-25 record while being three games in front of the Orlando Magic a No. 5, and just a game behind the second-placed Milwaukee Bucks.

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