Player grades for the Cavs’ 111-102 Game 4 win are below.
LeBron James: A-
James had 44 points, but didn’t distribute quite as much as he did in previous games. But, again, he was excellent and came up big every single time the Cavs needed him to.
Kevin Love: C-
This was not Kevin Love’s night. He was in foul trouble for most of the might, committed some silly turnovers and bungled some offensive opportunities. Overall, just a frustrating night for a player who is normally so much better.
He, did, however, score and rebound fairly well in the fourth quarter. Kudos to Love to staying in the game, and making an impact, despite his five fouls.
J.R. Smith: B+
Smith made a few J.R. Smith-esque decisions on defense, but shot well from three for the second game in a row while playing with effort on defense.
Tristan Thompson: A
Thompson again marked Horford, cut well off ball and maximized his offensive chances. More of this going forward is exactly what the Cavs are going to need as the series shifts back to Boston.
George Hill: A-
Hill took care of the ball, scored in moments where LeBron was off the floor and/or needed a break and was exactly the player Cleveland acquired him to be. When he’s even mildly aggressive and makes his presence felt, it shows.
Kyle Korver: A-
He finished with 14 points, but he deserves a lot of credit for doing an excellent job on defense vs. Jaylen Brown.
Jordan Clarkson: D
He played just four minutes, committing a turnover in the one pick-and-roll the Cavs had him run as a lead guard.
Larry Nance Jr.: B
Nance was not as efficient on offense as he was in Game 3, but had several key plays where he filled in for Tristan Thompson. Case in point: late in the third quarter, Nance picked up and-one, made the free throw and then forced a Marcus Smart turnover on the other end.
Jeff Green: D-
The Jeff Green experience was not good in this game on either end of the floor.
Cedi Osman: N/A
At least he played at the end!