Here are player grades for Thursday’s Cavs-Hawks game:
LeBron James: A+
LeBron just nonchalantly dominates games nowadays. Didn’t miss a shot until the third quarter, was hitting from deep, and he stole Taurean Prince’s soul. Just another day at the office for the King.
Kevin Love: A
Love was on point from deep and dominated on the boards. Can’t ask for much more from him than that.
Dwyane Wade: B+
Wade has been such a blessing for the Cavs since he started coming off the bench. Plus contributions on both ends. Made plays down the stretch. He’s been a great addition to this team.
J.R. Smith: B
J.R. has played fairly well as of late, even if he’s not doing all that much statistically. Seems to be quite patient and isn’t forcing anything, and that showed again tonight. Not necessarily a bad thing.
Jae Crowder: B+
One of Crowder’s better games as a Cavalier to this point. He was hitting his outside shots and looked comfortable on offense, a rare sight lately. Still needs to find his consistency on the defensive end.
Kyle Korver: B-
Korver popped a couple threes in about 22 minutes and didn’t do much else. Something is better than nothing, I suppose.
Jose Calderon: C
I don’t have many expectations for Calderon outside of limiting mistakes and giving optimal effort. He was just fine.
Channing Frye: C
Had four points and three rebounds in 12 minutes. Only one three-point attempt. Just didn’t get the minutes in this one, but he was helpful.
Jeff Green: B
Brought energy on both ends and had a couple of nice dunks. Uncle Jeff is continuing to exceed expectations for this team in almost every way.
Cedi Osman: B
Cedi got a lot of playing time in this one, including down the stretch, and he made it count. Continues to show promise as a young prospect. This much is clear: He belongs in the NBA.