In Thursday night’s win over the Sacramento Kings, the LA Clippers once again suffered another injury. Although DeAndre Jordan’s sprained ankle s not believed to be as serious as the other maladies to befall the Clippers, the team once again had to use a reserve player for major minutes.
Montrezl Harrell, another player who spent last season with the Houston Rockets, emerged from the bench to score 25 points in 27 minutes. Jordan was limited to just 11 minutes in the win.
Harrell converted in 11 of his 12 shot attempts, and he added six rebounds. The Clippers needed his effort, as Jordan was unable to go after trying to test his ankle at halftime.
The Clippers were also without swingman C.J. Williams, who has been a revelation in his first season in the NBA after playing in Europe. Blake Griffin and Milos Teodosic both returned, but Jordan’s absence marred what was otherwise a good night for the Clippers–who received another contribution from an unlikely source.
Harrell joins Austin Rivers and C.J. Williams as players who have vastly outproduced their playing card. Even factoring in Harrell’s monster performance, he’s averaging just 7.7 PPG. When given extended minutes, though, he has been productive.
“One guy comes back, one guy has to go out,” teammate Griffin said following the game. “I mean, you obviously hate to see that happen. DJ is never out long. He’ll be back soon.”
The Clippers will return to action Saturday against the Kings once again, although Jordan’s status is unclear. The team seemed optimistic about the extent of the injury. Should he be forced to sit, Harrell will once again play a significant role.
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