Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell fined $25,000 for inappropriate language
On Monday night, the Los Angeles Clippers suffered a tough 130-120 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Even worse, on Tuesday afternoon the league announced that Clippers center Montrezl Harrell would be fined for comments he made towards a fan during the game.
Via Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints:
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) February 12, 2019
The incident occurred before a foul shot by Timberwolves point guard Jeff Teague. A courtside fan appeared to be heckling Harrell while he lined up. Harrell responded by telling the fan to “be a fan and shut the f*** up.”
Via Def Pen Hoops (with vulgar language):
Montrezl Harrell has no time for the hecklers 😂 pic.twitter.com/VFCjZ88Vx8
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) February 12, 2019
After the fine became official, Harrell took to Twitter to respond:
— Montrezl Harrell (@MONSTATREZZ) February 12, 2019
The Clippers center played 35 minutes in the loss, tallying 18 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. For the season, the 25-year-old is averaging 15.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists, all career-highs.
This production has come mostly from the bench, as Harrell has started only four games this season, serving as the back-up starting center Ivica Zubac.
Monday night’s loss was a tough one for the Clippers. The team holds the ninth seed in the Western Conference, only percentage points behind the Sacramento Kings for a playoff spot.
Their loss to the 26-30, 12th-seed Timberwolves lowered their playoff odds to 75.6%, via ESPN’s BPI system. Los Angeles has gone 5-5 in their last 10 games. They are lucky that the tenth-seed Lakers have gone only 3-7 in that span.
The battle for that last playoff spot should be a tough one, with the Clippers, Kings and Lakers all within two games of each other.
The Dallas Mavericks, at 26-26 and four games back of the eighth seed, could make the race interesting as well.