Here are player grades for the Cavs’ Game 3 loss to the Pacers.
LeBron James: B-
James almost posted another triple-double and was the main reason why the Cavs got out to a 17-point lead. But when he took his foot off the gas for a big part of the second half, it spread to the rest of the team and cost the Cavs.
Kevin Love: C+
Love was excellent in the first half and followed it up with an absolutely dreadful second half, aside from three-pointer he hit in the game’s final moments. If the Cavs are going to win this series, they need more from him.
George Hill: B-
Hill came out aggressive, and played well, before his back tightened up and limited his second half minutes.
Kyle Korver: C-
Korver again played solid defense and hustled. But he made bonehead decisions in the fourth quarter to give Bojan Bogdanovic a four-point play and missed all three of his shots. This was not Korver’s cleanest performance.
J.R. Smith: C
Smith brought his defensive effort over from Game 2, but was 2-of-8 on three-point attempts in Game 3, including a miss at the buzzer.
Jordan Clarkson: D+
Filling in for Hill, Clarkson was basically invisible and finished just 1-of-4 from the field. If Hill is affected going forward, the Cavs need more from Clarkson.
Larry Nance Jr.: C-
Nance has not looked the same since coming back from his hamstring injury, but at least had a few good moments in Game 3.
Jeff Green: C-
Had he not thrown down a vicious dunk, this would have been an F.
Rodney Hood: C
Hood was 4-of-8 in this game, but missed a few good opportunities and isn’t really making an impact on defense. It feels like a lifetime ago that he scored 11 points in a fourth quarter to help the Cavs win a game.