Clippers’ Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Doc Rivers in running for NBA honors

first_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters Williams has a chance to win his third Sixth Man honor and his second in a row. The 6-foot-1 guard led NBA reserves this season by averaging 20.1 points per game, the second-most by any bench player in the last 25 seasons – behind only his 21.9 ppg effort last season.Williams passed Dell Curry (11,147) for No. 1 on the career points off the bench leaderboard in a victory over the Boston Celtics on March 11.Montrezl Harrell, a 6-foot-8 forward/center, averaged 16.8 points this season, fourth-most off the bench. He and Williams together recorded the highest combined scoring average of any reserve duo in NBA history – 36.9 points per game – according to the Elias Sports Bureau.The Clippers pushed the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors to six games in their best-of-seven first-round playoff series before bowing out on April 26, when Kevin Durant’s 50 points led the Warriors to a 129-110 victory.Related Articles Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img The Clippers have three representatives among the finalists for the NBA awards this season.Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell are both in contention for the Sixth Man of the Year Award, along with the Indiana Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis. Doc Rivers is one of three in the running for Coach of the Year, in addition to the Milwaukee Bucks’ Mike Budenholzer and the Denver Nuggets’ Michael Malone.Rivers led a team that was predicted by many to win 30-some games to 48 victories, the seventh-most in a single season in franchise history. The Clippers became the fourth team in NBA history to win more than 45 games without a current or former All-Star on their roster at any point in the season.Rivers also won the Coach of the Year award in 2000 after his first year with the Orlando Magic, a team that was picked to finish last in the league and almost made the playoffs. Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more