Post-Game Grades: San Antonio Spurs at Cleveland Cavaliers


The San Antonio Spurs took down LeBron James once again, this time defeating his new look Cleveland Cavaliers 92-90.

It was a tight, back and forth affair, especially in the final minutes where neither team took a lead greater than three in the final 7:34.

The Spurs were able to edge out the Cavaliers though thanks to a turnover by LeBron James in Cleveland’s final possession. The Cavs could have tied the game or taken the lead in that final possession making the loss even more painful for Cleveland fans.

The turnover by James was just one of many struggles for the King. LeBron finished the game with only 15 points, a surprisingly low number given that James was averaging 29.8 over the Cavs’ previous five.

Thankfully, some of the other Cleveland players picked up the slack, the most notable of them being Anderson Varejao who finished with a 23 point, 11 rebound double-double.

For the Spurs, the offense attack was led by Boris Diaw and Tim Duncan who finished with 19 points a piece.

Now that the game is over, we have post-game grades for key Spurs players in the San Antonio Cleveland game!

Check out our player grades below!

D+. Tony Parker was flat-out ineffective against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The French guard was throughly outplayed by the Cavs’ star point guard Kyrie Irving. Parker finished the night with only eight points and three assists while committing two turnovers. Parker also shot a pitiful 2-of-7 from the field. It was a nice win for the Spurs in this one, but it definitely was not a good performance for Tony Parker.. PG. San Antonio Spurs. TONY PARKER

B-. Danny Green played solid basketball again, doing everything he was expected to do in his role. Green pestered the Cavs’ Shawn Marion and Dion Waiters, forcing both into rough shooting nights. The former Tar Heel also played nice offensively, finishing with eight points while hitting 2-of-4 three-pointers. He also collected four rebounds. A solid box score from a solid, reliable player.. SG. San Antonio Spurs. DANNY GREEN

KAWHI LEONARD. B. Kawhi Leonard’s grade would be a lot lower if it were just based on offensive performance. Lucky for Leonard, however, our grading is based on effort on both sides of the ball. Kawhi scored only 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting, but he played admirably on the defensive side of the ball, giving LeBron James all sorts of fits. He also grabbed 10 rebounds, good enough to give him a double-double on the night. Still, if Leonard wants to be considered a star in this league, he will have to get it done on both ends of the court. That means the offense has to be there too.. SF. San Antonio Spurs

B+. It was another night and another double-double for Tim Duncan, this time in the form of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Duncan also shut down Kevin Love, limiting the star forward to only 10 points on a horrendous 4-of-12 shooting performance. The reason Duncan can’t find his way into the “A” category though, is because of poor shooting and turnovers. He finished the night only 7-of-17 from the floor and committed six giveaways.. PF. San Antonio Spurs. TIM DUNCAN

A+. Boris Diaw put on his best LeBron James face tonight, filling the box score with his 19 points, six rebounds, and seven assists. Diaw also picked up three steals and shot 8-of-14 from the floor, including a three-pointer. He filled in wonderfully for Matt Bonner who was out with a stomach virus. It really looks like that weight clause in Diaw’s contract is doing wonders for his game as he continues to flourish with the Spurs.. C. San Antonio Spurs. MATT BONNER

B+. The San Antonio Spurs bench performed well in this one, even though head coach Gregg Popovich decided to stick to only using four of his reserves. The bench outscored Cleveland’s bench 26-17, a major plus for the Spurs. Cory Joseph once again led the reserves, scoring 10 points and throwing three dimes. Manu Ginobili was also solid for the Spurs bench with 10 points and five assists.. . . SAN ANTONIO SPURS BENCH

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