Five Stars is a series where I use the individual GameScore of each player, as calculated by me with the help of the NBA.COM Box Score. For those interested in the nuts and bolts of how they are computed, the formula is below. This is where N=points, C=FGM, D=FGA, F=FTA, E=FTM, G=ORB, H=DRB, J=STL, I=AST, K=BLK, M=PF, and L=TOV.
(N+(C*0.4)-(D*0.7)-(0.4*(F-E))+(G*0.7)+(H*0.3)+J+(I*0.7)+(J*0.7)+(K*0.7)-(M*0.4)-L) = GameScore
Kevin Love (CLE) - 25.9
Love pulled down a game high 14 rebounds for the Cavs in just over 33 minutes on the floor, with six on the offensive end and eight on the defensive. He made three-of-seven shots from outside and six-of-15 overall, while draining each of his nine free throw attempts, collecting one block, and dishing out on five Cavs basket.
Kevin Love is our main focal point. We want to get Kev to know how great he is and how good he is for our team. He showed again tonight why he's one of the best power forwards in our league. - Second Star LeBron James
LeBron James (CLE) - 21.7
James led the Cavs with almost 34 minutes on the court, while leading both teams with 29 overall points. He hit 13-of-19 shots - missing both of his three-pointers - and sunk three-of-five from the charity stripe. He grabbed five rebounds, dished out four helpers, and stole the ball once.
We're the reigning Eastern Conference champions and everyone wants to beat us, represent the East in the Finals. We haven't done anything, personally. It's a new season. - James, when asked the question, "Do you think everyone wants to beat you because you're the reigning EC Champion?"
Dwyane Wade (MIA) - 16.5
Wade played 30:25 for Miami, scoring a team-high 25 points on eight-of-15 shooting. He also made one-of-two from outside and made all eight of his foul shots. He had four rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block, but turned the ball over seven times.
This was a great environment. I'm glad our team got the chance to play in an environment like this early in the season. Give them credit.
Chris Bosh (MIA) - 13.6
Bosh played 33 minutes for the Heat at power forward. He made seven-of-15 shots overall, including two-of-four from deep for 16 points. He added five rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Honestly, a lot of times we shot ourselves in the foot by not getting into our offense. We've got a long way to go. It's just going to take time. - Bosh
Hassan Whiteside (MIA) - 13.2
Whiteside played a game-high 36 minutes while leading everyone in the world with six blocked shots. He added a Heat-high nine rebounds, two assists, and a team second-best plus-6 rating.
Using a home-made statistic (GameScore Per 48), I identified the player (or two in this case) who stood out without playing enough minutes to appear in the top five.
Tristan Thompson (CLE)
Thompson played 26 minutes, made six-of-nine shots from the field, grabbed nine rebounds, and had one very much replayed rejection (number four on SportsCenter's Top 10):
Matthew Dellavedova (CLE)
Dellavedova's shooting percentage could use some work (he made just one-of-five shots, totaling five points in 27 minutes), but he led both teams with 10 assists and pitched in with five boards.
With all the recent talk about the improved depth of Miami's bench, it was a little disheartening to see every Miami starter with a positive plus/minus (collectively plus-28) while the primary second-team (Justise Winslow, Mario Chalmers, Gerald Green, Josh McRoberts, Amar'e Stoudamire) combined for a minus-86.
Thanks for reading the Five Stars. Tune in next time as the Heat welcome the Houston Rockets to the AAA on Sunday night. Always head on to HHH for everything you want to know about the Heat. For a Cleveland point of view on last night, go to Fear The Sword. For more on the Rockets, head to The Dream Shake.