Feb 21, 2024 - Sports

Cavs Corner, Week 17: Money Merrill!

The Cavs' Donovan Mitchell in the 2024 NBA All-Star Game three-point contest, wearing a #5 jersey with the name "Money Merrill"

Spida showing Merrill some love during NBA All-Star Weekend. Photo: Adam Hagy/NBAE via Getty Images

Mercifully, the NBA All-Star festivities are behind us, and we can get back to watching meaningful basketball.

Record: (36-17); Last week: (35-17).

Weekly slate: Win vs. Chicago (108-105).

The big picture: Donovan Mitchell and the Cavs stole one from the Bulls before the All-Star break, and they gallop into the season's homestretch ranked second in the Eastern Conference.

  • Yes, but: The next six-and-a-half weeks will test the Cavs' mettle, with a brutal schedule featuring seven sets of back-to-back games.

🤑 Weekly winner: Craig Porter Jr. The undrafted Wichita State guard had his two-way contract converted to a standard NBA contract last week, with $2.5 million in guaranteed money.

😒 Weekly loser: Mitchell. While most of his teammates enjoyed a well-deserved week off, the star guard was in Indy for the All-Star Game.

One fun thing: Mitchell donned a "Money Merrill" jersey for the three-point contest Saturday to honor his sharpshooting colleague, Sam.

What's next: Thursday vs. Orlando; Friday at Philadelphia; Sunday at Washington; Tuesday vs. Dallas.

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