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What is it about current College of Louisville standouts and the NBA playoffs?

A yr after Terry Rozier starred throughout Boston’s playoff run, Montrezl Harrell seems to be doing the same with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Harrell led the Clippers with 26 factors throughout Saturday’s Recreation 1 loss to the Golden State Warriors. The Clippers in all probability won’t be enjoying much longer given their first-spherical opponent.

However such a performance in the highlight was a continuation of what has been a breakout season for Harrell, who hung out within the G-League earlier in his profession and has continued to pay his dues to strategy stardom in the NBA. 

These in Louisville who witnessed Harrell’s school profession knew was he was able to producing on the courtroom, but his professional path so far has largely been as a task participant off the bench. In four seasons, he has performed in 255 NBA games and began only 23 of them.

So Harrell has finished this the exhausting means. He is incomes respect together with his consistent effort and all-out strategy.

And he has worked to improve statistically every of his 4 seasons within the NBA, going from three.6 points per recreation to 9.7 to eleven and now 16.6 this season.

For the playoffs, Harrell is honoring late rapper Nipsey Hussle with special sneakers. (Harrell, for those who didn’t know, has a prodigious shoe collection.)

Random notice: Harrell can also be from the identical hometown in North Carolina as NFL operating again Todd Gurley.

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