Player grades as Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Golden State Warriors repeat as champions

We hand out player grades to the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers in the clincher of the NBA Finals.

Jay Asser 2018/06/09

The Golden State Warriors are back-to-back champions as they claimed their third title in four years with a sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Stephen Curry had 37 points while Finals MVP Kevin Durant recorded a triple-double, but the Warriors’ defence was just as impressive as they locked down LeBron James and Co in 108-85 win in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

Here are our the player grades for both teams.

Cleveland Cavaliers

George Hill – Had a terrible series and finished it with another poor performance in which he was a complete non-factor. D

J.R. Smith – Did his part by hitting three triples and being an engaged defender, but also picked up a silly technical foul. B-

LeBron James – Uncharacteristically played his worst game of the series facing elimination and displayed zero confidence in his jump shot. C

Kevin Love – Thirteen points on 13 shots is simply not good enough for the Cavaliers’ number two offensive option. C-

Tristan Thompson – Converted a few shots in the paint but only saw the floor for 16 minutes as Cleveland prioritised offence. B

Rodney Hood – Carried over his play from the previous game to again give good minutes off the bench before it became a blowout. B+

Jeff Green – Too many Cleveland possessions ended on Green isolations or post-ups, which unsurprisingly didn’t work out. C-

Larry Nance Jr – Even when the game was getting out of hand, Nance was bringing his usual energy and scrapping. B+

Kyle Korver – Shot 0-of-6 from the field as he was neutralised again to cap off a rough series for him. D

Golden State Warriors

Stephen Curry – Splashed seven bombs from deep for 37 points and also played well on defence, coming up with three blocks and three steals. A

Klay Thompson – Got into foul trouble before the end of the first half and finished with a modest 10 points on 10 shots. B-

Kevin Durant – Wasn’t nearly as efficient scoring the ball as the past two games, but had a triple-double with an all-around effort. A-

Draymond Green – Was his usual disruptive self on the defensive end, while chipping in nine points and nine assists. B+

JaVale McGee – Continued to give the Cavaliers problems as a roll man and rim protector whenever he was on the court. B+

Andre Iguodala – Came off the bench to shoot 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, punishing Cleveland for leaving him open on the perimeter. A-

Jordan Bell – His ability as a versatile defender who can guard inside and out was on full display in his 18 minutes. B

Shaun Livingston – Only took one shot in his 14 minutes, but made an impact defensively as a stable presence off the bench. B-

David West – Wasn’t asked to do much, yet his eight minutes were useful in that they allowed the starters to get a breather. B-

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