Commentary

Next Level Player of the Week

Updated: April 26, 2011, 8:16 PM ET
By ESPN Stats & Info

1
Chris Paul G

Paul became the fourth player in the past 20 seasons to score 33-plus points and register 14-plus assists. Paul's points (33) and assists (30 points from assists) accounted for 63 of the Hornets' 109 points (57.8 percent) in Game 1 versus the Lakers, and he scored or assisted on 25 of the Hornets' 34 field goals (73.5 percent).

2
Josh Johnson P

Johnson, who carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning versus the Braves, threw 33 sliders (25 for strikes). The Braves swung at 22, missing on 13 (59.1 pct) -- the highest miss percentage against Johnson's slider over the past two seasons. Seven of Johnson's nine strikeouts were with the slider, eclipsing his previous career high of five.

3
Derrick Rose G

A Next Level Player of the Week nominee for the second straight week, Rose scored 35 of his 39 points in Game 1 either at the free throw line or on field goals within 10 feet of the basket. Rose -- who was 8-of-12 on shots from within 10 feet (including 4-of-5 in the second half) -- made only 18.2 percent (2-11) of his shots from 10 feet or farther.

4
Cliff Lee P

Lee followed Roy Halladay's complete game Wednesday with a complete game shutout over the Nationals on Thursday, thanks to his superior control. Lee's 12-strikeout, one-walk gem featured 18 swings-and-misses, surpassing his high mark (17) for the 2010 season. Lee faced 30 Nationals hitters and did not go to a 2-and-0 count against a single batter.