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

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

Let’s rate it. As always, numbers are weighted based on my expectations for each player. A “B” grade represents that player’s average performance.

Note: True-shooting percentage (TS) is a measure of scoring efficiency that accounts for threes and free throws. The league average participating in Friday’s games was 57.8%.

Jonathan Kuminga

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

A really strong performance for Kuminga on his return to the field after missing eight games in a row. He really played everything under 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 calm on both sides of the pitch, while still being aggressive, with a really good defense.

class A-

Kevin Looney

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

What a game for Looney against a great lineup 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 turnover! 4 shares with only 1 violation!

Elite performance from Looney.

Quality: A+

Bonus after the game: Led the team in rebounds.

Donte DiVincenzo

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

What a luxury DiVincenzo is. He has become one of the best bench players in the league, able to step into any bank role no matter how big or small. And, just as importantly, he has proven his ability to expand that role when a player is injured or resting and needs to start.

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

Struggled with losing the ball and not his most efficient play this time out (although some shots saved the offense late on the clock), but just played with such control, with a great defense.

Class A

Bonus after the game: Led the team in plus/minus.

You Jeroen

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

I’m pretty sure Jerome set the NBA record for most push 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 within two minutes that ended a 12-2 Cleveland run.

Sometimes statistics don’t tell the whole story, but sometimes they do. There is no need to make it too complicated. Inactive for the last few games, Jerome stepped into the starting lineup and scored 22 points in a performance Steph Curry would love, with 8 assists to just 1 turnover. Those statistics tell the story accurately.

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

Quality: A+

Bonus after the game: Led the team in assists.

Jordan Poole

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

One of the silver linings of seeing these games where the starters sit is seeing Poole be The Man. There are still problems when he is put in that position… he seems to be becoming a worse playmaker and he had some maddening substitutions.

But he also put the team on its back several times, both with his scoring and his emotions. It was great fun to watch.

Does anyone else think he’s gotten much better defensively in recent weeks?

class A-

Bonus after the game: Led the team in points.

Yes Mychal green

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

Green hadn’t played a game since December 18 and he looked like this. Not in the sense of being rusty, but in the sense of having a lot of pent up energy. Every time he came onto the track he looked like he had just sniffed a row of pixie sticks and drank a Red Bull. He relentlessly attacked the rim as a driver, cutter and rebounder, and also made it rain from a distance.

He was very nice in this one.

class A-

Anthony Lamb

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

The year-old splashed into a quartet of long balls, each feeling perfectly timed to stop a Cleveland run.

Other than that he didn’t do much, but the timeliness of his shots cannot be underestimated.

class A-

Patrick Baldwin Jr.

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

Every time Baldwin enters court these days, my only thought is, “I can’t wait for him to be part of the rotation next year.”

I start a lot from Michael Porter Jr. in his game, and while he’s not ready to be part of the rotation this year, I think he could be something really special next season.

Class A

Bonus after the game: Worst plus/minus in the team.

Moses Moody

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

That Moody was only able to get 14 minutes of playing time in this game pretty much says everything you need to know about how Steve Kerr sees him right now. He wasn’t bad in those minutes, and I liked the way he attacked the glass, but he still doesn’t do much.

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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