Here are player grades from the Cavs’ Game 3 win over the Raptors to take a 3-0 series lead.
LeBron James: A+
Second buzzer-beating, walk-off game winner in the last three home games? I’m running out of words to describe this man’s play. He finished with 38 points, seven assists and six rebounds in this game. With a 3-0, James single-handedly has put a strangle hold on this series.
Kevin Love: A+
While Love didn’t score as many points as he did in Game 2, I think this might have been Love’s best game of the playoffs. There was a stretch at the end of the third quarter that Love had nine straight Cleveland points as James was resting on the bench. The Cavs’ power forward finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds.
Kyle Korver: A-
Korver, after a slow Game 2, was special again in Game 3. The Cavs’ sharp shooter knocked down 4-of-6 three-point attempts and finished with 18 points. His spacing and gravity on the floor continues to be vital for a team that’s been inconsistent with shooting the ball.
George Hill: A-
Hill’s ability to be a sure-handed ball handler with Toronto’s ball pressure has been great for the Cavaliers this series. Not to mention Cleveland looks a lot better when Hill is also aggressively attacking the basket. The Cavs’ point guard finished with 12 points, including two three-pointers.
Jeff Green: B
Green continues to find a way to be highly effective against the Raptors, getting to his spot and finding the basket with the second unit.
J.R. Smith: B-
Smith wasn’t the scorer tonight that he was earlier in this series, but his defensive pressure on DeMar DeRozan was fantastic once again tonight.
Tristan Thompson: C
No points and three rebounds to finish a minus-9 in 14 minutes. Not a great showing from Thompson, after having a strong start to the series.
Jordan Clarkson: C
Clarkson had a three-pointer and layup in the second quarter to help the Cavs with their scoring, but he continues to look for only his shot.
Rodney Hood: F
Outside of DeMar DeRozan, Rodney Hood might have been the worst player on the floor. And that’s saying a lot.