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Kyrie Irving stroking from deep and other players on the rise in our three up, three down

Jay Asser 22:06 27/02/2018
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Kyrie Irving has shot 51.7 per cent on 3-pointers in the past three games.

We’re now a few games removed from All-Star weekend and more than a few players have stepped it up and looked fresh coming out of the break.

No one has been better than Anthony Davis, as the New Orleans Pelicans star has put up historic numbers throughout the month and in the past seven games especially.

Here, we take a look at three other players who’ve been hot, as well as three who’ve struggled.

THREE UP

Kyrie Irving

The Celtics guard has come out of the All-Star break sizzling to lead Boston to three straight wins. In his last 12 quarters, Irving has averaged 24.6 points, 6.3 assists and 6.6 rebounds while shooting a blistering 53.1 per cent from the field and 51.7 per cent from long range.

Nikola Jokic

Jokic has made flirting with a triple-double a regularity over Denver’s past four games. The Nuggets’ only losses this month have come at the hands of Western Conference-leading Houston, as Jokic’s all-around offensive skillset has spurred them to a climb up the standings.

Julius Randle

Randle, whose name was floated around during the trade deadline, is showing a more complete game since the All-Star break. In the Lakers’ three wins, the power forward has recorded a double-double in each, while averaging 6.0 assists. At 23, he’s still getting better.

THREE DOWN

Blake Griffin

Immediately after Griffin was traded to Detroit, the Pistons appeared to be reinvigorated. Over the last three games though, they’ve failed to crack 100 points and have fallen each time. Griffin has looked pedestrian with averages of 16.3 points, 3.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 38.7 per cent shooting.

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Isaiah Thomas

A chance of scenery was needed for Thomas, but it’s not like he’s close to returning to his All-Star level from a season ago. After dropping 22 points in his debut with the Lakers, Thomas have averaged just 11.4 points, 4.0 assists and shot 34.6 per cent, even as LA have had success.

George Hill

So much for Cleveland being magically fixed with their moves at the trade deadline. The Cavaliers dropped two of their first three since the All-Star break, with Hill providing little offence in the defeats by averaging 4.0 points, 2.0 assists, 17.6 per cent from the field and 0-of-6 on 3-pointers.

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