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Cavaliers vs. Hornets player grades: Play David Nwaba more

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Plus, Tristan Thompson and Jordan Clarkson again played well.

NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Cleveland Cavaliers Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Here are player grades for the Cavs’ win over the Hornets on Tuesday, Nov. 13. As always, share yours below.

Tristan Thompson: A+

Thompson absolutely crushed the Hornets on the glass in his game en route to a career-high 21 rebounds. And he had five assists and shot 5-6 from the field. Thompson continues to just be excellent this season.

Collin Sexton: B

Sexton did have a slightly inefficient shooting night. But he also made some key shots at the rim and again looked comfortable as a starter. It’d be hard to put him back on the bench at this point.

Rodney Hood: B+

Hood’s 14 points in the first half, and 16 overall, were a strong performance from him. He even had two assists! Which isn’t really a lot, but a good number for him.

Larry Nance Jr.: B+

Nance Jr.’s night won’t go noticed because Thompson was so, so good. But he got back to shooting 50 percent from the field in a game and pulled down 12 rebounds. And he made at three. No, really, he did:

J.R. Smith: B

Smith somehow led the team with a team-best plus/minus of 26.

Jordan Clarkson: A-

Clarkson had his blinders on a bit in this game when looking for others, as he does. But when he making shots like he did against the Hornets, it doesn’t really matter.

David Nwaba: A+

Nwaba again defended well, as he always goes. But also smartly drove to the rim en route to a 7-9 shooting night. And he made two three-pointers. Play this guy all of the minutes you can find him, even when the team is healthy again.

Andrew Harrison: C

Harrison still hasn’t made a shot as a Cavalier, but he moves the ball and competes. That is absolutely fine for what he’s being asked to be.

Ante Zizic: D

It’d b a good thing if Zizic were making Larry Drew play two-big lineups because he was playing well. But he’s just not right now.

Channing Frye: A+++++

Frye coming in and hitting a three late was just the best.