Lou Williams averaged 28 points per game last week to help the Clippers to a 3-0 mark.
Williams is having a career year, averaging more than 21 points despite coming off the bench in all but seven games. He has been a stabilizing force for a team that has used a league-high 16 starting lineups as it continues to shuffle key pieces. — Micah Adams
Starting with the Christmas Day win over the Knicks, the 76ers reeled off three wins in four games last week, a nice recovery from a stretch in which they lost nine of 10. They host the Spurs on Wednesday to begin what promises to be a difficult four-game homestand that includes games against the Pistons, Celtics and Raptors. January is a big month for Philly, as it has the NBA’s third-hardest schedule this month behind only the Clippers and Warriors. — Micah Adams
There’s no denying that Kristaps Porzingis can do lots of things on the hardwood and that he has all the makings of a perennial All-Star. And yet if you had some bones to pick, you’d probably start with rebounding and playmaking. Among the 30 players with the most starts at power forward this season, Porzingis ranks just 21st in rebound percentage and 23rd in assist percentage. All this despite standing 7-foot-3 and handling the ball as an undisputed No. 1 option. — Micah Adams
The Jazz have been abysmal on the road this season. Not only are they 3-15, tied for the worst away mark in the NBA, but they’ve lost each of their last four by an average of nearly 25 points per game. Even worse, they play eight of their 13 January games on the road. — Vincent Johnson
Remember how tight the first game between the Celtics and Cavaliers was? It came down to the wire with Kyrie Irving in position to tie things up at the end, but falling short.
Well, the Celtics were having none of that tonight. They dominated the Cavaliers wire to wire in what was supposed to be the NBA’s marquee matchup on Wednesday night.
And the scariest part is they did it without a truly dominating performance from their best players. There were no spectacular moments from Kyrie Irving. Al Horford didn’t have the prettiest game, either. Jayson Tatum even looked like a normal rookie at times.
But it wasn’t the Celtics’ offense that did the trick tonight — instead, they ground the Cavaliers into dust on defense to prove their worth as the No. 1 seed in the East.