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Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls player grades: Collin Sexton makes more progress

He missed a game-winner, but is making the most of his starting opportunity.

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Here are the player grades for the Cavaliers’ 99-98 loss to the Bulls. As always, share yours below.

Collin Sexton: B

Sexton missing at the end of the game was brutal. But here’s a player who is starting to have things down for him, at least on offense. His defense remains an adventure.

Rodney Hood: B+

Hood was 7-15 from the field. got to the line four times and made two three-pointers. He’d get an A if he didn’t disappear for stretches.

J.R. Smith: C-

Not J.R.’s best game, as he was largely invisible.

Larry Nance Jr.: B

Nance’s defense in this game was excellent for the most part, at least when he was protecting the rim. But shooting 1-8 from the field was brutal.

Tristan Thompson: A

A take I am not sure if right yet, but: Tristan Thompson might be the playing the best he has ever played in his career.

David Nwaba: B

Nwaba’s defense and smarts make you wonder why he’s not making $10 million a year. And then you watch him shoot.

Jordan Clarkson: B+

Clarkson again had some assists (four in this case), rebounded and had another good, all-around-game he doesn’t always have.

Kyle Korver: B+

Korver fits in really nicely with the type of bench units the Cavs are running right now and was solid against the Bulls.

Ante Zizic: B-

Zizic is going to het a shot, especially as it seems like the Cavs are going to play two bigs more often with Love out. And he’s doing okay so far.

Andrew Harrison: Incomplete

Harrison made some mistakes, but he also didn’t seem comfortable with his new teammates yet. For that, he gets a pass.