Cavs guards Donovan Mitchell, Darius Garland start to jell

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell (45) plays against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

CLEVELAND — Darius Garland wasn’t simply chilling on his patio playing the recent air after the Cavaliers traded for three-time All-Star guard Donovan Mitchell on Sept. 1.

For a pair hours on a daily basis for 2 weeks, Garland would sit down in entrance of a small tv out of doors at his house in Nashville, staring at movie of Mitchell’s 5 years with the Utah Jazz.

First-time All-Star level guard Garland focused on ultimate season, when 35-year-old veteran Mike Conley used to be in large part operating the Jazz offense. But Garland additionally went again to 2017-18, when Mitchell entered the league because the 13th total select of Louisville.

“That’s when he was really aggressive. He had a chip on his shoulder,” Garland mentioned after Wednesday’s shootaround. “He still does to this day, but he had a real chip on his shoulder coming in. You could see the aggressiveness coming out a lot, too.”

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