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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Minnesota Timberwolves player grades: The Kyle Korver showcase game

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The Cavs veteran shined in one his best performances of the season.

NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at Cleveland Cavaliers Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Below are the player grades for Monday’s Cavs-Wolves game. As always, be sure to share yours below.

Collin Sexton: C+

Sexton sought out mid-range shots more than he has recently and, while he made some, he also took a few bad shots. And in the fourth quarter, he missed a wide-open Kyle Korver on the left wing and forced up a layup contested by three Wolves. And then he committed an offensive foul. This will be one of those games he learns from, watches back and sees where he needs to go a bit slower.

Rodney Hood: B+

This was a good Rodney Hood game. He was aggressive, made some threes and had three assists. The downside is that he was only 2-7 from three amid a mid-range heavy 8-16 shooting night.

Cedi Osman: C-

Osman, like Sexton, tried to do too much at times against the Wolves. Offensively, he had no success trying to finish the rim and was only 1-6 on two-point shots. He also had some trouble staying in front of both Andrew Wiggins and Robert Covington.

Larry Nance Jr.: A-

Nance played well in his return to the starting lineup. He passed well and kept the ball moving — a career-high seven assists shows that — rebounded, blocked shots and dunked (sans one miss.) He did miss two three-pointers, but that’s fine since that’s still a very new part of his game.

Tristan Thompson: A-

This was a quieter game for Thompson and he still finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. And he deserves credit for having Karl-Anthony Towns finishing 9-19 with at least three of those makes coming in a broken situation.

Kyle Korver: A

This may have been Korver’s best game of the season. He was aggressive in looking for shots coming off of screens and finished with a season-high six three-pointers. His performance not only helped the Cavs almost win a third-straight game, but also is a reminder to a team interested in his services of what he can do.

Jordan Clarkson: D

Clarkson didn’t make a shot until the fourth quarter. It’s also the fewest shots he’s taken this season by five.

Andrew Harrison: D

Harrison vanished in this game and didn’t play a role in the second half when Larry Drew trusted the Cavaliers playing well.

Ante Zizic: D-

It’s telling of his play in this game that he played five minutes in the first half and then never came back.