Larry Nance Jr.: B+
While he didn’t bring much play-making to the table, this was essentially everything you’d expect from Nance. Inserting him into the starting lineup helped minimize the bleeding on the boards after the Cavs did so poor in that area against Miami.
Rodney Hood: B+
For awhile it seemed like Hood may be looking for a revenge game against his former club. He was very efficient and aggressive, scoring 12 points on just 6 field goal attempts. However that aggressiveness faded in the second half, as Burks took on more of the ball handling.
Alec Burks: B
Like Hood, Burks had a solid game by his standards against his former team. He lead the Cavs with 17 points on 6-13 shooting in 30 minutes off the bench. Both he and Hood are likely playing to showcase themselves for February’s deadline, so expect more featured possessions for both guards over the next month.
Jordan Clarkson: C+
12 points on 12 shots should be the name of the Clarkson 30 for 30.
Tristan Thompson: C+
On the plus side, this was a much better performance on the glass compared to his return to the lineup. However Thompson was forcing things a little too much offensively, especially when you consider this was a poor matchup going right at Rudy Gobert.
Collin Sexton: C
As has been the case for most of this season, Sexton has struggled when going against the league’s best defenses. He tried to be a facilitator early on, but failed to find any sort of a rhythm on the night.
Cedi Osman: C
Osman was essentially invisible throughout the first half, but did show some fire in the third quarter. It’s positive that he’s getting to the rim and attacking, but he often takes off too far away from the basket which minimizes both his touch as well as the likelihood of getting a call.
Patrick McCaw: C-
Once again didn’t see a whole lot of McCaw, which is to be expected given how much time off he had. He played fairly solid defense with a few offensive miscues mixed in. His lone three point attempt was his only make on the night in five tries.
Channing Frye: C-
Frye is trying out there, however I don’t think his ideal role with the team involves minutes on the court at this point.
Jalen Jones: C-
Jalen Jones also played minutes for the Cavs tonight.