That game was absolutely crazy. Let’s dive in.
LeBron James: A+
35 points and 17 assists is crazy. Putting up that line with zero turnovers is bonkers. James controlled the game in every facet and led the Cavs back from the brink for a win.
Kevin Love: A
Love’s energy and activity level continue to show a player who benefitted from some time off after battling centers all season. He hit a three that helped seal the Cavs win and finished with 23 points, 12 rebounds and four assists in the win.
George Hill: A
Hill played his best offensive game as a Cavalier by a mile. He went 10-11 from the field en route to 22 points and was super aggressive finishing at the rim. This is the kind of game Hill should look to play stylistically.
Jose Calderon: B+
Jose Calderon was perfect from three and dished four assists while scoring 14. His steady veteran play has made me look bad for criticizing the signing this offseason.
J.R. Smith: B-
Smith helped keep the Cavs afloat during a stretch of LeBron-less minutes and helped the Cavaliers close down the stretch. One of his better efforts since his move to the bench.
Jeff Green: C+
Green battled, but he’s woefully incapable on the defensive glass when playing at center. He was beaten up by Jakob Poeltl on the glass, but chipped in 15 points on nine attempts.
Ante Zizic: C
Zizic’s game was fine, but nothing to write home about in his 16 minutes. He didn’t make much impact and his limited defense at this stage is not where it needed to be in a shootout like this.
Jordan Clarkson: D+
Clarkson was inefficient, failed to defend at a decent level and failed to make an impact on the game otherwise. Not his best outing.