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Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Washington Wizards player grades

LeBron James is very good, even when he’s not at his best.

Here are player grades for the Cavs’ win over the Wizards.

LeBron James: B+

James still put up a double-double — and almost a triple-double — but was untypically careless with the ball and uninterested in defense even more so than usual. This was not the type of performance he’s put on with regularity this season. And then he brought the Cavs back late. Even when he’s not at his best, he’s incredible.

Kevin Love: B-

Love was on point from three-point range in the first half, but cooled off in the second half and committed a few silly turnovers. The Wizards also did not fear him one bit when he was between them and the rim.

Jeff Green: A

Twenty-one points, good defense, a clutch offensive rebound and two key free throws late in the fourth quarter marked a great night for Green, who was named a starter for the playoffs on Thursday. This the type of night the Cavs hope they will get from him moving forward.

Cedi Osman: A-

Osman didn’t play much, but made two three-pointers and sealed the game with a heady steal when Tyronn Lue when back to him in crunch time. He’s come a long way.

J.R. Smith: B-

Offensively, Smith didn’t do much. But still put in solid effort on defense and made the extra pass a few times to open shooters. If he can add three-pointers into a performance like this, it’ll be a good sign for the Cavs.

Rodney Hood: C

Hood never really settled into the rhythm on an night where Cleveland could have used a burst of scoring from him.

Jordan Clarkson: C

He did have a nifty 360 dunk against the Wizards, but struggled playing facilitator with both George Hill and Jose Calderon out.

Larry Nance Jr.: C+

Nance had a few good defensive moments on switches and at the rim, but he’s not having the same type of impact he did before missing time with a hamstring injury. It also doesn’t help him, or Tristan Thompson, to pair them together with no point guard (or LeBron) to keep the ball moving.

Tristan Thompson: D+

Green’s role appears to mean a squeeze in minutes for Thompson, who didn’t pull down a single rebound in 10 minutes.

Kyle Korver: A-

Korver fought on defense in his minutes and took advantage of open looks in the first half. He capped it off with a clutch three in the fourth, too.