Here are player grades for Wednesday’s Cavs-Nets game. Have a great Thanksgiving!
LeBron James: A+
James scored 23 fourth quarter points, including 18 in a row at one point. What else is there to say? He won the Cavs this game.
Kevin Love: B-
Love started the game shooting 1-7 from the field, but finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds and contributed in other ways. Had his shots fallen early, the Cavs may not have needed LeBron’s heroics.
Dwyane Wade: A-
Wade is starting to look much more comfortable running bench units. He also stretched himself and helped the Cavs survive when LeBron went back to the locker room to get stitches. Going 1-4 from the line was the one issue for him.
Jae Crowder: A-
Crowder continues to look like the player the Cavs acquired him to be. Fourteen points, solid defense, 3-3 on three-pointers and two steals is a near perfect night for him.
J.R. Smith: D
Smith had issues containing Joe Harris on Wednesday, and was largely invisible on offense. After he found his stride for a few games, he seems to be back to trying to find his role.
Channing Frye: B+
He continues to a useful piece off the bench by creating space for others. One set that worked: the Cavs had Smith and Korver come around Frye screens at the top of the key, making defenders chose to stop the cutter or five Frye an open three.
Jeff Green: C
Green was fine in this game. He didn’t hurt exactly, but he didn’t help either in his 16 minutes.
Kyle Korver: B
Korver closed this game because of how the lineup worked around LeBron in the fourth, and he remains essential to this team. A 2-6 mark from three feels low for him, even if it’s totally normal.
Cedi Osman: B
Lue went with Osman to start the second quarter and let him play for seven minutes. He ran the floor well, played mostly solid defense and offered some needed energy. Another positive: His mistakes on defense were not due to a lack of effort or bad instincts, but energy that makes him try to be everywhere. That’s a good flaw to have, and it’s more fixable than some others.