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Montrezl Harrell reveals why he got into altercation with Derrick Rose

Montrezl Harrell, Derrick Rose, Clippers, Timberwolves

Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell and Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose became involved in an on-court verbal dispute in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s game. On Tuesday, Harrell spoke with Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints to describe his end of the story.

The action was a bit chippy in the fourth quarter. Milos Teodosic was guarding Rose tight as he brought the ball up the floor, resulting in a called foul. Harrell then ran up and started jawing in Rose’s direction.

Just a bit later, Taj Gibson tripped over Patrick Beverley while going for a rebound. Shortly after that, Harrell knocked Rose down as he drove to the hoop and got called for a foul on the other end. Security was called to the floor, and the play away was reviewed. Gibson was issued a technical foul.

“I’m the type of player who sticks up for his teammates,” Harroll tells ClutchPoints. “So honestly, when the altercation happened, when I saw D-Rose walking up on my teammate, that’s when it was time for me step in.

“I really don’t care what people feel about it,” Harrell added. “I don’t care who likes it and who doesn’t. I’m the type of player who plays for his teammates. I play for the guys that are on the court with me. And I feel like, at that point in time, Derrick Rose went after a person who really wasn’t even trying to cause that type of situation.”

Led by Rose and Jimmy Butler, the Timberwolves left the STAPLES Center on Monday night with a 120-109 victory, moving their record to 4-7. Harrell logged 30 minutes for the Clippers (6-4) in the loss, scoring 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field, seven rebounds, two assists, and three steals. Karl-Anthony Towns added 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolves.

The Clippers will be back in action on Thursday night, when they’ll travel to Portland for a match-up against the Trail Blazers. Tip-off inside the Moda Center is set for 10:00 p.m. EST.