News: Smith pitched in with five points (2-5 FG, 1-2 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists and a block over 22 minutes in Friday's 111-90 victory over the Pelicans.
Impact: Smith received a season-high 22 minutes of playing time in the blowout and utilized the extra opportunity wisely, managing double-digit boards for the first time all season against a Pelicans frontcourt that was missing Anthony Davis (knee contusion) in the second half. The veteran has consistently received minutes in the teens all season, and has generally filled out the stat sheet with solid rebound numbers even when he's generated paltry scoring totals.
News: Rivers posted 17 points (7-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two assists, a rebound and a steal over 24 minutes in Friday's 111-90 victory over the Pelicans.
Impact: Rivers was highly efficient with his playing time, managing a season-high in points while posting 64 percent shooting from the field, also a high-water mark. While the strong offensive performance was certainly encouraging, it's worth noting that Rivers was coming off three consecutive single-digit scoring nights over which he'd only shot 5-for-16. In turn, that three-game stretch came on the heels of five consecutive games with 10 points or better for the four-year pro, making it evident that his streaky performances render him a risky fantasy proposition at best in all formats.
News: Paul pitched in with 17 points (5-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 6-7 FT), eight assists, five rebounds and a pair of steals over 29 minutes in Friday's 111-90 victory over the Pelicans.
Impact: The veteran point guard continued his string of solid play, which will be essential if the Clippers are to crawl their way out of the early-season malaise they have been stuck in. Paul has now rattled off 11 consecutive double-digit scoring perofrmances and has been aggressive with his shot in addition to handing out an abundant number of assists each night. The 30-year-old has double-digit shot attempts in all but one game this season, and is averaging 17.3 points per night on 47 percent accuracy from the field.
News: Redick managed 20 points (8-14 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two assists and a rebound over 25 minutes in Friday's 111-90 victory over the Pelicans.
Impact: Redick bounced back from a forgettable 1-for-6, three-point peformance on Wednesday versus the Jazz to post his second-highest scoring total of the season. The veteran guard had actually also played well in the pair of games prior to his clunker, and has now collected double-digit points in three of the last four contests. The trio of buckets from beyond the arc also equaled a high-water mark on the campaign, and performances such as Friday's are what the Clippers will need from Redick to successfully climb out of their early-season doldrums.