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Jordan Poole and Jonathan Kuminga rated as Warriors beat Cavs

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Against all odds – and I mean all odds – the Golden State Warriors ended their five-game road trip on a high, shocking the Cleveland Cavaliers 120-114. What a game!

Let’s classify. As always, ratings are weighted based on my expectations for each player. A “B” grade represents the average performance of that player.

Note: Field Field Percentage (TS) is a measure of scoring efficiency that takes three and free throws into account. The league average going into Friday’s games was 57.8%.

Jonathan Kuminga

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

Very strong performance by Kuminga in his return to the courts, after losing eight straight games. He really played in control…the 5 assists with no turnovers and only 2 fouls in 27 minutes is a huge win for him.

I thought he played smart and composed on both sides of the court, still being aggressive, with really good defense.

Grade A-

kevon looney

32 minutes, 4 points, 17 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 1 foul, 2-of-4 shooting, 50.0% TS, +10

What a game for Looney against a duo of Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen. The Warriors shockingly dominated Cleveland on the glass, and Looney was the biggest reason…he had more rebounds than Mobley and Allen Combined, despite both being in the top 20 in rebounds per game this season.

17 rebounds! 4 assists with 0 turnovers! 4 actions with only 1 foul!

Looney’s elite performance.

Grade: A+

Post-Game Bonus: Led the team in rebounds.

Donte DiVincenzo

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

What a luxury DiVincenzo is. He became one of the best reserve players in the league, capable of taking on any bench role, no matter how big or small. And, equally important, he has proven capable of expanding that role when a player is injured or rested and he needs to start.

He’s similar to Jordan Poole in that regard… a quality starter when given that opportunity, and an amazing reserve player the rest of the time.

Fought with turnovers and it wasn’t his most efficient game this time around (although some of the shots saved the offense at the end of the clock) but he just played with so much control, with tremendous defense.

Grade A

Post-Game Bonus: Led the team in plus/minus.

Ty Jerome

41 minutes, 22 points, 1 rebound, 8 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 1 turnover, 2 fouls, 9-of-13 shooting, 3-of-4 threes, 1-of-1 free throw, 81.6% TS, +3

I’m pretty sure Jerome set the NBA record for most shots made in a post-internet game in this game. The hardwood legends of the 50’s and 60’s would have been so proud of him. And then he also had one of the most important shots of the game, a three in two minutes that ended a 12-2 Cleveland streak.

Sometimes statistics don’t tell the whole story, but sometimes they do. There’s no need to overcomplicate this one. Jerome, who was inactive in the last few games, started and scored 22 points in an efficiency that Steph Curry would love to have, with 8 assists for just 1 comeback. These stats accurately tell the story.

By the way, it was only the seventh time this season that an NBA player had at least 22 points and 8 assists on 80% or more shooting with only 1 turnover. The other six? Curry, Nikola Jokic, Jimmy Butler, Darius Garland, De’Aaron Fox and TJ McConnell.

Grade: A+

Post-Game Bonus: Led the team in assists.

Jordan Poole

41 minutes, 32 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 5 turnovers, 5 fouls, 10-of-23 shooting, 5-of-12 three, 7-of-8 free throws, 60.3% TS, +6

One of the perks of watching these games where the starters sit down is watching Poole be the man. There are still some issues when he’s put in that position… he seems to become a worse playmaker and has had some maddening turnovers.

But he also put the team on the back in several upsets, both with his goals and his emotions. It was really fun to watch.

Does anyone else think he’s improved a lot defensively in recent weeks?

Grade A-

Post-Game Bonus: Led the team in points.

JaMychal Green

16 minutes, 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 turnovers, 3 fouls, 5-of-10 shooting, 3-of-5 threes, 65.0% TS, -4

Green hadn’t played since December 18th and it looked like he had. Not in the sense of being rusty, but in the sense of having a lot of pent up energy. Every time he walked onto the court, he looked like he’d just sniffed a line of leprechaun bats and drunk a Red Bull. He was relentless attacking the rim as a rider, cutter and rebounder, and also made it rain from afar.

He was so much fun in this one.

Grade A-

Anthony Cordeiro

25 minutes, 12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block, 2 turnovers, 3 fouls, 4-of-8 shooting, 4-of-8 threes, 75.0% TS, 0 over/under

The birthday boy threw a quartet of long balls, and each one seemed perfectly timed to stop a Cleveland run.

He didn’t do much more than that, but the accuracy of his shots cannot be underestimated.

Grade A-

Patrick Baldwin Jr.

9 minutes, 7 points, 1 comeback, 2-of-4 shooting, 2-of-3 threes, 1-of-2 free throws, 71.7% TS, -6

Every time Baldwin steps onto the court these days, my only thought is, “I can’t wait until he’s part of the rotation next year.”

I’m starting to see a lot of Michael Porter Jr. in his game, and while he may not be ready to be part of the rotation this year, I think he could be something very special next season.

Grade A

Post-Game Bonus: Worst plus/minus of the staff.

Moses Moody

14 minutes, 3 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 turnover, 1 for 2 shooting, 1 for 2 threes, 75.0% TS, +1

The fact that Moody only got 14 minutes of play time in this game kind of says everything you need to know about how Steve Kerr sees him now. He wasn’t bad in those minutes, and I loved the way he attacked the glass, but he’s still not doing much.

Grade: B+

Friday DNPs: Ryan Rollins

Friday Inactives: Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson, Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman