Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell has been a monster this season

Your eyes do not deceive you. The Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell has been every bit as impactful as he’s looked — and he’s looked “amazing,” as Coach Doc Rivers put it after Monday’s 121-116 overtime victory over the Golden State Warriors.

While nice, Harrell’s traditional stats — 14.5 points and 6.3 rebounds — don’t begin to tell his whole story. He’s putting up those numbers while coming off the bench, averaging just 23.3 minutes per game.

For a truer tale of the tape, consider how it looks when his contributions are measured per Box Plus/Minus, basketball geek speak for how much he contributes above a league-average player on a 100-possession basis.

Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, right, shoots as Warriors forward Draymond Green defends during the first half of Monday’s game at Staples Center. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

In that regard, he’s tied for No. 4.

In the NBA.

Harrell is 7.7 points better than the average NBA player over 100 possessions, according to tabulations at basketball-reference.com.

Here’s the top 10: No. 1 Nikola Jokic (11.4); 2. Russell Westbrook (8.3); 3. Steph Curry (7.9); 4. Harrell and Damian Lillard (7.7); 6. Giannis Antetokounmpo (7.6); 7. Anthony Davis (7.2); 8. James Harden (7.0); and tied for No. 9 Kevin Durant and Kemba Walker (6.2).

Oh, and at No. 11, the Lakers’ LeBron James (6.1).

Four other Clippers crack the top 100: No. 56 Patrick Beverley (2.1), 57. Tobias Harris (2.1), 67. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (1.9) and 73. Danilo Gallinari (1.8).

Harrell’s play so far for the 8-5 Clippers has been quantifiably elite — and unquantifiably so, too, at least until someone finds a way to mathematically measure will power and its compounding effects.

“He just plays so hard, wills the game for us,” said Rivers of the 6-foot-8 Harrell, who had 23 points, eight rebounds and four blocks Monday.

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The Clippers’ 6-foot-8 reserve center — who signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the the Clippers in July — also got Kevin Durant to foul out for only the fifth time in his career. With 3:46 left in overtime, the referee saw the Warriors’ superstar forward (who had 33 points) appear to bite on Harrell’s heads-up rip-through play, a move that Durant made famous.

“I take it as a blessing to come in here and play as hard as I can, love what I do,” Harrell …read more

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