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Damian Lillard, POR: You could make the argument for assigning this designation to Lillard every week, but he really has taken his stellar level of play up another notch recently. He's scored between 39 and 50 points in four of the last six contests, and he's shooting a tidy 52.1 percent during that stretch with averages of 34.6 points, 5.8 assists and 4.2 rebounds on 22.8 shot attempts per game.
Jeff Teague, MIN: Teague has immediately picked up the pace in the wake of Jimmy Butler's knee injury, as he's already taking four more shots per game (15.0 FGA/G, up from an 11.0) in the last three contests. That's naturally led to his assists taking a slight hit for the moment, but he's more than made up for it by boosting his scoring average to 20.8 points per game in the four full games that Butler has missed thus far. He's rebounding at a slightly higher clip, as well, and the fact that he's previously shouldered the level of offensive responsibility he currently has should serve him well in maintaining the recent bump in production.
Austin Rivers, LAC: Rivers appears to have the reins of the starting point guard job for the moment, and he's rattled off seven consecutive double-digit scoring performances dating back to before the All-Star break. He's also providing serviceable complementary numbers across the rest of the stat sheet, and he's currently sporting a career-best 39.0 percent success rate