Marcus Smart, point guard, Boston Celtics
An Achilles injury to Avery Bradley put Smart in coach Brad Stevens’ starting five, and the third-year guard took advantage of the opportunity. Smart averaged 14 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists in the starting lineup. He also impressed with his stellar defense, taking the ball away 12 times during the past five games. With Bradley’s return Monday, Smart will reassume the sixth-man role in the Celtics’ rotation.
Tony Allen, shooting guard, Memphis Grizzlies
Allen, a 12-year veteran, rose to the occasion during the Grizzlies win at Houston. Allen scored a season-high 22 points despite fouling out late in the fourth quarter. His defense also contributed to the Grizzlies’ 15-point rally, limiting Patrick Beverley to six points and 0-for-3 from downtown.