Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell in a game against the Warriors
Mar 10, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell (5) reacts after a foul is called against the Golden State Warriors in the second half at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Clippers star forward Montrezl Harrell was in the midst of a breakout performance for the team when the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended back in March.

The hope here is that Harrell will be on the court for the Clippers when the championship contenders resume their season in Orlando on July 30 against the Lakers.

For now, there’s some reason to be concerned.

Clippers star Montrezl Harrell leaves team due to family emergency

This is obviously more about Harrell and his family than anything else. That’s especially true given the current issues pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. There’s no further information as to what’s happening.

Montrezl Harrell is an important figure for the Clippers

The 26-year-old big man has turned into one heck of a scoring threat for Los Angeles. Harrell is averaging 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds on 58% shooting from the field this season. He’s one of the top Sixth Man of the Year candidates around the Association.

It vital for the Clippers to have their full bench available as the team looks to take out their Southern California rivals in that of the Los Angeles Lakers. In addition to his scoring ability, Harrell can defend both Anthony Davis and LeBron James. That’s no small thing.

Los Angeles Clippers 2019-20 schedule

Head coach Doc Rivers and Co. have eight regular-season games remaining before the start of the playoffs. The Clippers are 1.5 games ahead of the Denver Nuggets for the second seed in the Western Conference. Here’s how their slate looks moving forward.

  • July 30: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Aug. 1: New Orleans Pelicans
  • Aug. 4: Phoenix Suns
  • Aug. 6: Dallas Mavericks
  • Aug. 8: Portland Trail Blazers
  • Aug. 9: Brooklyn Nets
  • Aug. 12: Denver Nuggets
  • Aug. 14: Oklahoma City Thunder
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