The Cavaliers come out with a pathetic effort and will head back to Cleveland for Game 7. Here are the player grades from Game 6.
LeBron James: B-
The only Cavalier that decided to show up to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indiana. James didn’t even have to step on the court for the fourth quarter because the Cavaliers didn’t have a shot to come back. It’ll be on James in Game 7 to carry them into the second round.
Rodney Hood: C+
Hood was solid for the Cavaliers, being aggressive off the dribble and looking for his shot first. Typically, good things happen for Cleveland when Hood looks to be a scorer first.
Larry Nance Jr.: C+
While Nance Jr. still hasn’t been the same player since his injury late in the regular season, he was able to have an impact tonight. Nance Jr. contested a few shots on defense and was able to hit layups as the roll man with Jordan Clarkson in the pick-and-roll.
Kyle Korver: C+
Korver was guarded much better than he was earlier in the series, but the Cavs will need to find a way to free him up on Sunday. He’s probably been the second or third-best Cavalier in this series — which isn’t a good sign.
J.R. Smith: C
The return of bad J.R. This was an ugly game for Smith, even though he connected on a few three-point attempts. Smith couldn’t slow down Oladipo and have enough of an impact on offense.
Jordan Clarkson: C-
2-of-8 from the field. 0-of-4 from deep. 5 points in 24 minutes of action isn’t going to cut it for Cleveland.
Jeff Green: C-
Don’t be fooled by a few three-pointers that Green hit late in the game.
Jose Calderon: D-
Did Calderon even show up? He had zero points, one rebound and one assist in 14 minutes of play tonight. Cavaliers’ fans everywhere are hoping that George Hill will return on Sunday for Game 7.
Kevin Love: F
Here’s the sequence that describes Kevin Love’s series best. Love catches a pass from James, hits a three, but it doesn’t count because Love stepped out of bounds before. Next play, Love hesitates on an open shot and can’t hit it. Love’s battling a torn ligament in his thumb, potential concussion symptoms, but he’s going to have to muster up everything he has on Sunday.