Here are player grades from the Cavs’ Game 2 win over the Raptors. A 2-0 series lead for the Cavs — could this be going any better for them?
LeBron James: A+
I mean, what else is there to say about LeBron? The only thing he didn’t do well was make free throws, but he was legitimately toying with the Raptors and trying different moves out in real time in the second half. He just owns Toronto.
Kevin Love: A+
Welcome to the playoffs, Kevin Love. He scored inside, rebounded and handled himself well on defense. Credit to Tyronn Lue as well for sticking with Love and not running away from him when he didn’t immediately settle into a rhythm.
J.R. Smith: A-
Smith was again good on defense, made his shots and continues to look like a completely different player than he was in the regular season.
Kyle Korver: C
Korver was limited by Toronto after a podium game in Game 1 and struggled on defense far more than he has in recent memory.
George Hill: A
In a world where the Cavs are relying on LeBron James and Kevin Love, and just need a point guard who can defend and pick his spots, Hill is the perfect man for the job. Once he hit threes at a higher clip, it’ll be even better.
Tristan Thompson: B
Thompson was not the same force he was in Game 7 against the Pacers or Game 1 against the Raptors, but he’s still playing physical basketball and doing the dirty work the Cavs had been missing.
Rodney Hood: C
Hood is not making any impact when he’s in the game on offense. In Game 2, at least he rebounded some. But he really needs to do something — anything — on offense if he wants to convince the Cavs he’s worth ponying up for this summer.
Jordan Clarkson: F
The Cavs might be better off giving his minutes to either Jose Calderon or Cedi Osman. The former offers some actual ball handling, the latter more defense and upside.
Jeff Green: A-
Jeff Green was bad on defense at points. But when he shoots 4-of-6 from three, it’s hard to give him any other grade than an A.