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Report: Doc Rivers lit into Montrezl Harrell after his comments following loss to Grizzlies

Doc Rivers, Montrezl Harrell, Clippers

After the Los Angeles Clippers lost to the Memphis Grizzlies at home on Jan. 4, big man Montrezl Harrell ripped the Clippers while speaking to the media.

Clippers head coach Doc Rivers heard about Harrell’s postgame comments and decided to direct his ire at the Sixth Man in a feisty pregame meeting the following day, according to The Athletic:

Montrezl Harrell had spoken his truth, telling the world on Jan. 4, after a 26-point home loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, about the frustrations that had surfaced inside the Clippers’ complicated locker room.

Now it was Doc Rivers’ turn.

The 58-year-old, who is one of just six current NBA head coaches to have won a title, has been known to take the head-on approach to discussing disagreements with his players, and so it was that he decided to address Harrell’s unfiltered media session from the afternoon before. With his Clippers set to host the New York Knicks that afternoon in the second of a home back-to-back set, sources say Rivers lit into his team in the pregame meeting and directed his ire at Harrell multiple times in reference to the comments he had made.

The Clippers are 31-14 on the season. They are in third place in the Western Conference standings.

What this report shows is that there’s always going to be turmoil behind the scenes no matter how good a team is playing.

Harrell is averaging 19.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game on the season for the Clippers. He’s shooting 57.2 percent from the field and 62.9 percent from the free-throw line.