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July 2, 2019, 1:57 pmLou WilliamsSG, Los Angeles Clippers
Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Clippers are fully guaranteeing Lou Williams’ $8 million salary for the 2020-21 season.
A good faith gesture by the franchise for the NBA’s reigning sixth man of the year. While the dollar amount isn’t much and Williams is deserving of this, it’s hard not to link the timing of this gesture to the team’s pitches for Kawhi Leonard. Anyway, Williams looks to be the sixth man for the Clippers for at least another two seasons.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
June 24, 2019, 9:58 pmLou WilliamsSG, Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams collected his third Kia NBA Sixth Man Award on Monday night, winning it over Domantas Sabonis and Montrezl Harrell.
Williams wasn't needed quite as much this season due to the heath of his teammates. That caused his minutes to drop from 32.8 to 26.6 per game, but he still scored 20.0 points per game and even increased his rebounds and assists to career-highs.
Source: NBA on TNT on Twitter
May 17, 2019, 8:46 pmLou WilliamsG, Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Domantas Sabonis have been named the finalists for this year’s NBA Sixth Man award.
Harrell and Sabonis really stepped up their impact off the bench this season but considering WIlliams passed Jamal Crawford for most bench points in NBA history this season, he seems to have the narrative on his side. A win would be Williams’ third (and would tie him with Crawford for the most won by one player).
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
April 27, 2019, 1:05 amLou WilliamsG, Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams ended his season on a sour note on Friday, going 3-of-21 from the field for just eight points and seven assists in 27 minutes of action in Game 6.
Williams had been electrifying up to this point but ran out of juice as the Warriors had Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala draped all over him tonight. Sweet Lou also finished an atrocious minus-28 tonight and couldn't get in any sort of rhythm. It's a disappointing end to a fantastic campaign, but Williams and the Clippers should be proud of the work they put in this year.
April 25, 2019, 2:06 amLou WilliamsG, Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams went off for 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting in a 129-121 win over the Warriors in Game 5 on Wednesday.
Williams went 1-of-2 from deep and 8-of-9 from the stripe. He also contributed four rebounds and 10 assists to the stat sheet. When the Clippers were down 118-117 with under two minutes left, Williams hit a 4-point play to go up three points. After that play, he made two more buckets to widen the gap to 125-118. Williams iced the game for the Clippers and he is one of the cogs that keeps the team successful when he is on his game.
April 21, 2019, 6:53 pmLou WilliamsG, Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams scored 12 points on 2-for-10 shooting with four boards, three dimes and a steal in Sunday's 113-105 loss to the Warriors.
Williams could not get much going in this one for the second game in a row. He's still averaging 22.3 points, 7.3 assists, 2.8 boards and 1.0 steals on 42.0% from the floor and 39.6% from deep for the series, which are consistent with his regular season numbers. The Clippers already took one game – which is more than most people gave them credit for – but are fighting hard to get another. They'll have to go back to Oracle Arena now to try and keep their season alive.
April 19, 2019, 1:29 amLou WilliamsG, Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams was held in check in Thursday's 105-132 Game 3 loss to the Warriors with 16 points on 4-of-11 shooting to go with two rebounds, six assists and a 3-pointer.
It was clear from the beginning that the Warriors' defensive scheme would revolve around making life difficult for Williams and it worked. His scoring line doesn't look too bad thanks to garbage time, but Williams couldn't get anything going from the moment he checked into the game. They wanted to give Sweet Lou less control of the ball and force him to rely on his teammates and unfortunately, his teammates came up short. If Lou can get some outside help from anyone else besides Montrezl Harrell, the Clippers have an outside shot, but if not, this series will be over shortly.
April 16, 2019, 1:55 amLou WilliamsG, Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams was a huge catalyst in the Clippers' Game 2 rally on Monday, finishing with 36 points and 11 assists in 33 minutes.
What a game from Williams leading this squad. He has been a premier sixth man for many seasons and his ability to take over a game shined through here as the Clippers overcame a record 31-point deficit to win.
April 13, 2019, 11:56 pmLou WilliamsG, Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams scored 25 points on 11-of-21 from the field, and added a team high nine assists, three rebounds, one steal and a three in Saturday night's 104-121 road loss to the Warriors.
Williams was instanst offense off the bench yet again for the Clippers in Game 1, but the offensive firepower on the other end was too much for the Clippers to overcome. Sweet Lou is always a threat to go off in his reserve role, and the Clippers will be hoping he can continue his scoring exploits in Monday night's Game 2 matchup.
April 11, 2019, 1:38 amLou WilliamsG, Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams scored 15 points in Wednesday's overtime win over the Jazz, adding a trey, five assists, five rebounds and three turnovers in a light 23 minutes.
This season, Williams became the NBA's all-time leading bench scorer and will once again be the prospective Sixth Man Award winner this year. He didn't have as impactful a season as last year and much of that was due to a slow start that saw Williams fall out of the top-180 for several stretches. He got it together for top-70 value over the last few months and ended the season in the top-100 in 9-cat and top-75 in 8-cat over 74 games. As usual, Sweet Lou landed in the top-10 of weighted free throw percentage and he looks like he has a few more seasons of top-100 ball left in him.
April 8, 2019, 12:39 amLou WilliamsG, Los Angeles Clippers
Lou Williams started for the Clippers in their 104-131 loss to the Warriors on Sunday but had trouble finding a shooting rhythm as he connected on just 4-of-13 shots from the field to finish with 13 points.
Despite his shooting woes, Williams found ways to contribute in other areas, adding five rebounds, five assists, one triple, three steals and two blocks to box score. The 31-year-old Williams never fails to surprise us, providing top-100 value on a rebuilding franchise that's redefining its identity.
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