Clippers news: Timberwolves' Derrick Rose says Lou Williams has been a 'helluva player' ever since high school
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Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose says Clippers’ Lou Williams has been a ‘helluva player’ ever since high school

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LA Clippers shooting guard Lou Williams scored a whopping 45 points off the bench on Monday against the Minnesota Timberwolves, a performance Derrick Rose has seen countless times even before Williams got to the NBA.

Lou Williams played his high school basketball in Georgia, and even though Derrick Rose was in Chicago back then, the former MVP used to pay attention to what Sweet Lou was doing in high school.

After Minnesota defeated the Clippers despite Williams’ heroics, Rose told reporters that the 32-year-old has been a “helluva player” ever since high school and that all you can do is pray when Lou is on fire.

“Lou Williams is a helluva player,” Rose said. “He’s been that way ever since high school. It’s a reason why he’s up here. Double team and pray. It’s hard guarding him, especially when he knows how to get fouled. You can’t touch him and he uses that to his advantage.”

Lou Williams almost single-handedly brought the Clippers back from a 20-point deficit against Minnesota. The two-time Sixth Man of the Year award winner shot 13-of-25 from the field, 3-of-8 from beyond the arc and 16-of-16 from the free-throw line.

It was Rose’s play, though, late in the game that helped the Timberwolves win. The Chicago native scored 22 points off Minnesota’s bench and he had two clutch baskets in the fourth quarter to put the game on ice.