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Kyrie Irving, BOS: Irving is currently dealing with a minor quad injury, but he's been on a tear when on the court recently. The Celtics' linchpin is averaging 31.4 points, 5.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds over the last five contests while averaging 59.2 percent from the field, including 50.0 percent from distance on an elevated average of 7.2 three-point attempts per contest. All of those numbers represent significant increases over his season metrics, and as his most recent absence bore out, the well-being of the team's offense is heavily predicated on him logging heavy minutes. Irving will sit out Wednesday night's game against the Knicks with a thigh bruise, but he's not expected to miss extended time.
Kemba Walker, CHA: Walker has scored more than 20 points in eight of the last 10 contests and fell just a point short of that threshold in the other two contests during that span. The seven-year veteran has been particularly sharp over the last five games, a stretch during which he's averaged 25.6 points, 5.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals across a robust workload of 37 minutes. He's averaging 20 field goal attempts per contest over that span, as well, while draining an impressive 43.5 percent of his 9.2 tries from distance.
Ricky Rubio, UTA: Rubio has donned the somewhat atypical role of scorer of late, racking up double-digit scorer efforts in four of the last five games. He's put up double-digit shot attempts in