LeBron James described Donovan Mitchell as "a special kid" after the Cleveland Cavaliers star torched the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. On Tuesday, Mitchell exploded for 43 points, six rebounds and five assists in a 116-102 win over the Lakers.
James, who was drafted by the Cavaliers and delivered the city of Cleveland their first NBA title, used to hear the MVP chants in Cleveland. But on Tuesday night, it was Mitchell who was hearing the MVP chants. "He did a great job of penetrating our gaps and making some tough shots all night and got into a real good comfort.
But, he's a special kid," James said of Mitchell, per ESPN.
James on Anthony Davis' absence
After averaging 49 points in the two games against the Milwaukee Bucks and Washington Wizards, Davis had just one point against the Cavaliers.
Davis started the game against the Cavaliers and played for eight minutes before exiting the game due to a non-COVID illness. Now that the Lakers may be without Davis for some tim,e James was asked what's the team's mindset now.
"Next man up. But that's a tall task. Figuratively and literally for what AD has been doing for us over the last few weeks," James said of Davis. Meanwhile, Lakers head coach Darvin Ham revealed Davis' condition was progressively getting worse after the tipoff.
"It progressively got worse. His temperature went over a 100, I believe it was 101 and some change. He said he was going to try and give it a go, which he did. But he just felt too weak, just too drained -- dehydrated a little bit.
But it's that time of the season, in terms of wintertime, weather change, change of climate -- coming from L.A. going to these different places," Ham said of Davis. The Lakers, who entered Tuesday on a three-game winning streak, couldn't get the win without Davis.
Still, Ham was pleased with how his team fought against the Cavaliers. "My hat's off to our guys, man. They competed their hearts out. That's a huge blow, obviously. It was a tough challenge, but our guys competed. Disappointed, but I'm not upset.
Our guys really competed," Ham added. The Lakers are staying on the road as on Wednesday night they are playing the Toronto Raptors on the road. It remains to be seen if the Lakers can beat the Raptors without Davis.