Unfortunately for Louisville fans that enjoy watching the NBA playoffs, there hasn’t been much Cardinal flavor in recent years.
The few former Louisville players that have made it to the big league haven’t had much success and have played for mediocre teams. However, last night was a different story.
Former Cardinal Greats Francisco Garcia and Terrence Williams both played in playoff games last night and made an impact for their team.
Garcia spent the first seven years of his career with the Sacramento Kings, but was traded midway through the season to the Houston Rockets. Cisco played sparingly during the regular season, but has gotten a big increase in minutes with Jeremy Lin injured. He started in Lin’s place last night and made the most of the opportunity. Garcia played a season high 40-minutes and finished with 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks. He was 5-of-12 from three point range. The Rockets defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 107-100.
Terrence Williams had a brief hiatus from the NBA, but was fortunate enough to get another opportunity with the Boston Celitcs. After signing a 10-day contract with the team earlier this year, he was then offered a multiyear deal. He hasn’t played very much in the playoffs, but provided a nice spark off of the bench last night in game five against the Knicks. He scored just four points, but also added four rebounds and two assists. He showed his tremendous athleticism in the third quarter as he drove past Carmelo Anthony for a dunk. Boston defeated New York 92-86 and trail 2-3 in the series.<