How long is Donovan Mitchell out? Nose injury timeline, return date, latest updates for Cavaliers star

Only a few weeks remain in the 2023-24 regular season, and the Cavaliers have been without All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell. A return appears to be on the horizon.

In the fourth quarter of a loss to the Rockets on March 16, MitcheIl suffered a nose injury after an incidental elbow from teammate Tristan Thompson. Mitchell exited the game and was held out of Cleveland’s visit to Indiana on March 18.

With averages of 27.4 points, 6.1 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game, Mitchell has been a driving force for Cleveland’s pursuit of its second consecutive 50-win season. This year, the Cavs are 33-16 with Mitchel in the lineup and 11-12 in his absence.

What is Mitchell’s injury and what does it mean for Cleveland moving forward? Here is the latest on his status.

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What is Donovan Mitchell’s injury?

Mitchell’s injury is a nasal fracture, according to Cleveland’s submissions to the official injury report.

The injury occurred as the Cavaliers attempted to go for a defensive rebound. As Thompson came down, his right elbow inadvertently connected with Mitchell’s face. 

Here is the play where Mitchell was hurt:

Despite how painful the injury looked, Mitchell appeared to be in good spirits, posting a message about Thompson to X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

“Great to have T-Time back… even tho he broke my mf nose,” Mitchell wrote.

The incident came in Thompson’s first game back from a league-mandated 25-game suspension for a violation of the league’s anti-drug policy.

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How long is Donovan Mitchell out?

On March 19, the Cavaliers announced that Mitchell had undergone a procedure “to realign the affected area” of his nasal fracture. The team added that Mitchell would be re-evaluated in approximately one week.

On March 27, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Mitchell is targeting a return on Friday, March 29 when the Cavs host the 76ers. Should Mitchell return on Friday, his absence would reach six games with the nasal fracture.

The most games Mitchell can play this year is 58, making him ineligible for MVP and the All-NBA teams.

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Cavaliers upcoming schedule 2023-24

Here are the next five games on Cleveland’s schedule:

Date Opponent Time (ET) TV channel
March 27 at Hornets 7 p.m.
March 29 vs 76ers 7:30 p.m.
March 31 at Nuggets 3:30 p.m.
April 2 at Jazz 9 p.m.
April 3 at Suns 10 p.m.

Donovan Mitchell stats 2023-24

  • 27.4 points per game
  • 6.1 assists per game
  • 5.3 rebounds per game
  • 1.8 steals per game
  • 2.9 turnovers per game
  • 46.8 percent field goal shooting
  • 37.3 percent 3-point shooting
  • 86.2 percent free throw shooting


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