Jordan Poole, Jonathan Kuminga graded in Warriors win vs. Cavs

Against all odds — and I imply all odds — the Golden State Warriors ended their five-game highway journey on a excessive observe, surprising the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-114. What a sport!

Let’s grade it. As at all times, grades are weighted primarily based on my expectations for every participant. A “B” grade represents the common efficiency for that participant.

Note: True-shooting proportion (TS) is a measure of scoring effectivity that accounts for threes and free throws. League common coming into Friday’s video games was 57.8%.

Jonathan Kuminga

27 minutes, 10 factors, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 2 fouls, 4-for-9 capturing, 2-for-2 threes, 0-for-2 free throws, 50.6% TS, +8

A extremely robust efficiency for Kuminga in his return to the court docket, after lacking eight straight video games. He actually performed in management … the 5 assists with out a turnover, and simply 2 fouls in 27 minutes is a large win for him.

I believed he performed good and composed on each ends of the court docket, whereas nonetheless being aggressive, with actually good protection.

Grade: A-

Kevon Looney

32 minutes, 4 factors, 17 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 1 foul, 2-for-4 capturing, 50.0% TS, +10

What a sport for Looney in opposition to a two-big lineup of Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen. The Warriors shockingly dominated Cleveland on the glass, and Looney was the most important purpose … he had extra rebounds than Mobley and Allen mixed regardless of them each being in the highest 20 in rebounds per sport this season.

17 rebounds! 4 assists with 0 turnovers! 4 shares with simply 1 foul!

Elite efficiency from Looney.

Grade: A+

Post-game bonus: Led the workforce in rebounds.

Donte DiVincenzo

35 minutes, 17 factors, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 4 turnovers, 3 fouls, 5-for-13 capturing, 3-for-7 threes, 4-for-6 free throws, 54.4% TS, +12

What a luxurious DiVincenzo is. He’s turn out to be probably the greatest bench gamers in the league, able to entering into any bench position irrespective of how massive or small. And simply as importantly, he is confirmed able to increasing that position when a participant is injured or resting and he has to begin.

He’s much like Jordan Poole in that regard … a high quality starter when given that chance, and a beast of a bench participant the remainder of the time.

Struggled with turnovers and never his most effective sport this day trip (though a number of the pictures have been bailing out the offense late in the clock), however simply performed in such management, with super protection.

Grade: A

Post-game bonus: Led the workforce in plus/minus.

Ty Jerome

41 minutes, 22 factors, 1 rebound, 8 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover, 2 fouls, 9-for-13 capturing, 3-for-4 threes, 1-for-1 free throws, 81.6% TS, +3

I’m pretty sure Jerome set the NBA document for many made push pictures in a post-internet sport in this one. The hardwood legends of the 50s and 60s would have been so happy with him. And then he additionally had one of the vital vital pictures of the sport, a 3 inside two minutes that ended a 12-2 Cleveland run.

Sometimes stats do not inform the entire story however generally they do. There’s no must overcomplicate this one. Jerome, who has been inactive for the previous few video games, stepped into the beginning lineup and scored 22 factors on an effectivity that Steph Curry could be stoked to have, with 8 assists to only 1 turnover. Those stats precisely inform the story.

By the best way, it was simply the seventh time this season an NBA participant had at the least 22 factors and eight assists on 80% or higher true-shooting with only one turnover. The different six? Curry, Nikola Jokić, Jimmy Butler, Darius Garland, De’Aaron Fox, and TJ McConnell.

Grade: A+

Post-game bonus: Led the workforce in assists.

Jordan Poole

41 minutes, 32 factors, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 5 turnovers, 5 fouls, 10-for-23 capturing, 5-for-12 threes, 7-for-8 free throws, 60.3% TS, +6

One of the silver linings of seeing these video games the place the starters sit is getting to observe Poole be The Man. There are nonetheless some points when he is put in that place … he appears to turn out to be a worse playmaker, and he had a couple of maddening turnovers.

But he additionally put the workforce on his again at a number of turns, each together with his scoring and together with his feelings. It was an entire lot of enjoyable to observe.

Does anybody else suppose he is gotten so much higher defensively in the previous few weeks?

Grade: A-

Post-game bonus: Led the workforce in factors.

JaMychal Green

16 minutes, 13 factors, 8 rebounds, 3 turnovers, 3 fouls, 5-for-10 capturing, 3-for-5 threes, 65.0% TS, -4

Green hadn’t performed in a sport since December 18, and he regarded prefer it. Not in the sense of being rusty, however in the sense of getting an entire lot of pent up power. Every time he took the court docket he regarded like he’d simply snorted a line of pixie sticks and chugged a Red Bull. He was relentless attacking the rim as a driver, cutter, and rebounder, and likewise made it rain from a distance.

He was quite a lot of enjoyable in this one.

Grade: A-

Anthony Lamb

25 minutes, 12 factors, 2 rebounds, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 3 fouls, 4-for-8 capturing, 4-for-8 threes, 75.0% TS, 0 plus/minus

The birthday boy splashed in a quartet of lengthy balls, and every one felt prefer it was completely timed to cease a Cleveland run.

He did not do a lot exterior of that, however the timeliness of his pictures can’t be underestimated.

Grade: A-

Patrick Baldwin Jr.

9 minutes, 7 factors, 1 turnover, 2-for-4 capturing, 2-for-3 threes, 1-for-2 free throws, 71.7% TS, -6

Every time Baldwin takes the court docket today, my solely thought is, “I can not wait till he is part of the rotation subsequent 12 months.”

I’m beginning to see quite a lot of Michael Porter Jr. in his sport, and whereas he isn’t able to be part of the rotation this 12 months, I believe he could possibly be one thing very particular subsequent season.

Grade: A

Post-game bonus: Worst plus/minus on the workforce.

Moses Moody

14 minutes, 3 factors, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 turnover, 1-for-2 capturing, 1-for-2 threes, 75.0% TS, +1

That Moody may solely get 14 minutes of enjoying time in this sport form of tells you all the things you want to find out about how Steve Kerr views him proper now. He wasn’t dangerous in these minutes, and I cherished the best way he attacked the glass, however he is nonetheless simply not doing very a lot.

Grade: B+

Friday’s DNPs: Ryan Rollins

Friday’s inactives: Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman

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