Here are player grades for the Cavs’ loss to the Hawks on Sunday. As always, share yours below.
Kevin Love: B-
Statistically, Love put up a good night again with 16 points and 17 rebounds. But as the game got out of hand for the Cavs, he fell off on offense. He also struggled defensively when Cleveland started switching everything.
Cedi Osman: D+
This was easily Osman’s worst game of the season. Notably, five turnovers — including two travels — showed how much growing he still has to do.
Collin Sexton: D
Perhaps Sexton’s performance looks worse considering that fellow rookie Trae Young was the best player on the floor. But he settled for a number of mid-range jump shots, was picked apart on defense over and over and never came close to making the type of impact he did against the Wolves.
Rodney Hood: C+
Hood was a sieve on defense, but a 13-point third quarter was the only reason the Cavs could talk themselves into having a chance to come back.
Tristan Thompson: B-
Thompson switched well, moved well and finished well. But he was not at all effectively in slowing down Alex Len. So far, though, his return to something like his old self is a positive.
George Hill: C+
Offensively, Hill had a quietly efficient night. But like the rest of the team, he struggled on defense and the Cavs could have used him dictating the flow of the game more than he did.
Larry Nance Jr.: C+
Nance was fine in his first game of the season, and hit two jump shots to boot. But he wasn’t quite as bouncy as he normally is.
Jordan Clarkson: A-
Jordan Clarkson continues to score (mostly) efficiently, compete on defense and be a net positive when he’s on the court. Amid a bleak start to the year, this is a positive.
Sam Dekker: B-
Dekker only played 13 minutes, but had a good offensive night. He does got dinged slightly for taking a long two when all he had to do was take a half-step back for a three-pointer.