What Was Really Said In The Fiery Bust-Up Between Paul George And Montrezl Harrell
It will undoubtedly go down as one of the biggest chokes in NBA history.
The LA Clippers, who were favourites to walk away form this rollercoaster-of-a-season with a coveted ring, have been sent home early by the Denver Nuggets after throwing away a 3-1 series lead in their Western Conference Playoff.
And unsurprisingly, fingers of blame are already being pointed.
Some fans are calling for Doc Rivers head to roll while others are looking at the star-studded duo of Paul George and Kawhi Leonard - both of whom cost the Clippers five first round picks and bundle of cash.
On the court, the team was abysmal.
But off the court, things weren't much better - and this latest insider news proves it.
According to Yahoo Sports, the Clippers' derailed series looked destined for failure as early on as Game 2 when tensions flared between two of the side's biggest personalities.
While discussing how lacklustre the team were in Game 7, NBA reporter Chris Haynes refereed back to an earlier -far more damning- incident which perhaps suggests why the Clippers were a shell of their former selves.
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In an article posted on Yahoo Sports, Haynes said: "The rapport simply wasn't there for the Clippers, and it certainly wasn't there in Game 2 when Montrezl Harrell and George got into a heated verbal exchange during a timeout, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
"Early in the second quarter, a struggling George had committed two careless turnovers in less than a minute. The second mishap was a half-court pass to Harrell, who was near the paint but surrounded by Murray and Michael Porter Jr.
"Murray picked off the pass. Seconds later, the Clippers called a timeout.
"Harrell approached his teammate about the risky pass, with George not taking responsibility and arguing the pass could have been caught had Harrell made the right play, sources said.
"This set off the NBA Sixth Man of the Year.
"Harrell responded with something along the lines of, "You're always right. Nobody can tell you nothing," and expletives were uttered from both players, sources said. George eventually toned down his rhetoric, but a heated Harrell wasn't having it. Teammates began clapping on the sideline, in part to disguise what was going on and in an attempt to defuse the situation. The incident deescalated shortly after as coach Doc Rivers took his seat to go over the game plan."
While fiery exchanges between athletes happen more often than not, the sheer bitterness of this one doesn't bode well for the Clippers.
And if they're shock exit from the Walt Disney World bubble is anything to go by, then this team has some serious underlying issues that need addressing.
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