J. J. Redick SG LAC 1 Hr
Redick had 26 points (11-27 FG, 4-12 3Pt), four rebounds, and two steals in 47 minutes Wednesday against Portland.
Redick was tasked with being Los Angeles' second option on offense with Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes sidelined. The fact that he has played 40+ minutes in two straight games shows that Sunday's knee x-ray isn't a reason for concern. Also, Redick has attempted at least 12 field goals in every game since Blake Griffin underwent elbow surgery.
Chris Paul PG LAC 1 Hr
Paul continued his hot streak Wednesday with a season-high 36 points on 14-of-29 shooting from the field. He also had 12 assists and six rebounds, but turned it over five times in 42 minutes.
Paul was one of two Clippers to score in double figures Wednesday as he continues to carry the load offensively while Blake Griffin is sidelined. He is on fire right now, averaging 26 points and 13 assists over his last five outings.
Nicolas Batum SG/SF POR 1 Hr
Batum broke out of his mini-slump Wednesday with 20 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and two blocks over 40 minutes.
Batum played a key role in Portland's comeback win over Los Angeles. He canned four of his eight attempts from beyond the arc and had solid contributions in other categories. Batum remains an up-and-down player that can have games like this, but also games Sunday where he had two points.
Nerlens Noel C PHI 1 Hr
Noel had eight points (3-10 FG, 2-4 FT), 13 rebounds, five blocks, four steals and one assist in 40 minutes in overtime against Oklahoma City.
Noel is averaging 11.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.0 steals in 34 minutes a game over his last five. He is reliable when it comes to blocks and steals, and his rebounding has really improved over the last month. He's also scoring in double-digits more frequently as of late. He's a great keeper to have, his potential is unlimited.
Isaiah Canaan SG PHI 1 Hr
Canaan finished with 31 points (10-16 FG, 8-13 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, six assists and one steal in 42 minutes in overtime against the Thunder.
Canaan is the man at point guard moving forward. He's in an ideal situation where even if he struggles, he's likely to continue to play as much as he can. Michael Carter-Williams and Tony Wroten have put crazy numbers for the Sixers over the past year and a half, Canaan is the next man in line and could have a great rest of the season in Brett Brown's system.
Damian Lillard PG POR 1 Hr
Lillard had a tough outing from the field, going 1-of-13 on field goals to finish with five points. He made up for it with a career-high 18 rebounds and added four assists.
The Clippers keyed on stopping Lillard throughout the game, which partially explains his uncharacteristically bad shooting performance. He did miss several open looks, though. He was a beast on the boards and finished just one rebound behind DeAndre Jordan in the game. Lillard should bounce back in the scoring column Thursday against Dallas
Jason Richardson SG/SF PHI 1 Hr
Richardson had 29 points (8-19 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 9-9 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one steal in 36 minutes in Wednesday's overtime loss against the Thunder.
He sat out Monday's loss to the Raptors, but showed up ready to play against Oklahoma City. He's played in six games this season and this was by far his best. He can fill it up, and if he's healthy he will get every chance to do just that for the 76ers.
Luc Mbah a Moute F PHI 2 Hrs
Mbah a Moute had 18 points (6-21 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 6-9 FT), 14 rebounds and five assists in 40 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday.
This was his best game of the season and quite possibly his career. He's been relied on heavily for the Sixers. The fact that he took 21 shots is appalling, he'd be a defensive role player on nearly every other NBA team.
D. J. Augustin PG OKC 3 Hrs
Augustin had 17 points (6-13 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 37 minutes.
Nice game for Augustin to follow up his spot start for Russell Westbrook on Sunday. Westbrook sat out against the Lakers with a face injury that required surgery, and Augustin performed well with 18 points, nine rebounds, five assists and one steal in 41 minutes in the Thunder's 108-101 victory in Los Angeles. It was good to see him garner so many minutes, even in an overtime game. He hadn't played that much since late January when he took over at point guard for the Detroit Pistons in the wake of the Brandon Jennings injury.
Dion Waiters SG OKC 3 Hrs
Waiters had 20 points (9-15, 1-3 3Pt, 1-3 FT), 10 rebounds and three assists in 39 minutes in Wednesday's overtime win over the 76ers.
After two sub-par games, averaging 8.0 points with 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 28 minutes, Waiters came on strong in a favorable matchup with Philadelphia. His previous seashon-high for rebounds was seven. He'll face the banged up Chicago Bulls and look for a repeat performance on Thursday.