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Clutch City: Carl Herrera

POSTED: Jun 4, 2015 1:41 PM ET

By Fran Blinebury

NBA.com

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Carl Herrera's play in Game 1 of The 1994 Finals was crucial in the Rockets' championship run.

"Clutch City" will air at 9 p.m. ET Monday, June 8, on NBA TV. Produced by the Sports Emmy Award-winning NBA TV Originals, "Clutch City" examines the Houston Rockets' 1993-94 and 1994-95 NBA Championship teams.

These are the then-and-now stories of some of the standout players from those teams:

Name: Carl Herrera

Position: Forward

Stats in 1993-94 season: 4.7 ppg, 0.5 apg, 3.8 rpg, 0.4 spg

Stats in 1994-95 season: 6.8 ppg, 0.7apg, 4.6 rpg, 0.7 spg

His part in Clutch City: The Trinidad-born Herrera was a sec-ond-round pick (No. 30 overall) by the Miami Heat in the 1990 Draft, but the ex-University of Houston star was cut in camp. He played for a year in Spain (Real Madrid) and signed with the Rockets as a free agent in 1991 and was key in the Rockets' first title run, scoring 10 points in Game 1 of The 1994 Finals and had 12 points and five rebounds in Game 6. Herrera was ex-pected to step into the starting lineup the following season when the team traded Otis Thorpe for Clyde Drexler, but he suffered a separated shoulder that required surgery and played just six minutes in all of the 1995 playoffs.

After Clutch City: Herrera played in San Antonio, Vancouver and Denver before retiring in 1999. A Venezuelan citizen, Herrera is coach of Gigantes de Guayana in Puerto Ordaz. He was shot during a robbery attempt at a restaurant in December 2014, but has since recovered and returned to his duties on the sideline.

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