Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope have altercation at halftime

Washington Wizards guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and center Montrezl Harrell got into a physical altercation at halftime of Tuesday night’s home win over the Oklahoma City Thunder and their tussle needed to be separated by teammates, sources tell The Athletic
Source: Shams Charania @ The Athletic

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The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Wizards teammates Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had to be separated after getting into a fight at half-time.
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Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope grabbed the rebound of Josh Giddey’s 3-pointer (blocked by Montrezl Harrell) with about 2.5 seconds left in the half. Hard to fathom a pass and shot could be executed that quickly. Nonetheless, Trezz wanted the ball after leaking out. AM

Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
This appears to be the end of 1st half play that led to an apparent halftime altercation between Montrezl Harrell and KCP, as reported by @Shams Charania. You can see Harrell and KCP start talking on their way to the locker room. AM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Sources: Wizards’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Montrezl Harrell got into a physical altercation at halftime of Tuesday night’s home win over the Thunder and needed to be separated by teammates.
Details:…11:43 PM

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
Final: Wizards 122, Thunder 118
Kuzma: 29 pts., 5 rebs., 3 assts.
Dinwiddie: 22 pts., 3 rebs., 10 assts.
Caldwell-Pope: 16 pts., 3 rebs., 3 assts.
Gilgeous-Alexander: 32 pts., 3 rebs., 8 assts.
Points in the paint: Wizards 64, Thunder 64 – 9:23 PM

Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
If OKC was in the middle of a playoff race, that KCP banked 3 would be maddening for Thunder fans.
Since OKC is in the middle of a Paolo race, that KCP banked 3 was gladdening for Thunder fans. – 9:20 PM

Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
Ken-bank-ious Caldwell-Pope – 9:14 PM

Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96
Wizards absolutely bungle their defense and give Shai Gilgeous-Alexander the red carpet treatment for the game-tying layup at 118
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope makes up for it with a 3 late in the shot clock – 9:13 PM

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
A sidestep 3-pointer off the glass by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has given the Wizards a 121-118 lead over the Thunder with 30.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. – 9:13 PM

Ava Wallace @avarwallace
Halftime: OKC 61, Wizards 58
Kuzma: 16p
KCP: 11p
Harrell:10p – 8:06 PM

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
Halftime: Thunder 61, Wizards 58
Kuzma: 16 pts., 1 reb., 1 asst.
Caldwell-Pope: 11 pts., 2 rebs., 2 assts.
Dinwiddie: 6 pts., 4 rebs., 5 assts.
Gilgeous-Alexander: 18 pts., 3 assts.
Dort: 12 pts., 2 assts.
FG%: Wizards 55%, Thunder 48% – 8:04 PM

Ava Wallace @avarwallace
Think Montrezl Harrell is happy to be back? – 7:34 PM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
Wizards forward Montrezl Harrell arrived to today’s game in a Chemion LED face mask that displays the message “I’m Back” after returning from the health and safety protocol. PM

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
The Wizards’ starters tonight against the Thunder: Spencer Dinwiddie, Corey Kispert, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma and Daniel Gafford. – 5:39 PM

Chris Miller @cmillsnbcs
With Beal out Wizards will start Corey Kispert along with Dinwiddie, KCP, Kuz, Gafford. – 5:21 PM

Montrezl Harrell @MONSTATREZZ
If you in #TheDistrict area today tonight come pop out to the game and show us love. We need your energy in the building been looking a lil low from the TV view! @Washington Wizards11:42 AM

Montrezl Harrell @MONSTATREZZ
That’s the ball game folks – 11:47 PM

Montrezl Harrell @MONSTATREZZ
Georgia got all the momentum it’s over – 11:43 PM

Montrezl Harrell @MONSTATREZZ

Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
As expected, Montrezl Harrell will return tomorrow against the Thunder, the Wizards just announced. He had missed some time due to health and safety protocols. – 5:37 PM

Ava Wallace @avarwallace
Montrezl Harrell is getting out of protocols but couldn’t get to Orlando in time for today’s game. Davis Bertans (foot sprain) is available.
Unseld is hopeful Thomas Bryant (ACL) will return next week. – 4:49 PM

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
Montrezl Harrell just exited the protocols today and could not get to Orlando in time for tonight’s game, Wes Unseld Jr. said. Davis Bertans (sprained foot) is available to play, Unseld said. – 4:43 PM

Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Wes Unseld Jr. says Rui Hachimura is available and expects him to play. It would be his season debut. Hachimura has missed the first 39 G this season due to personal reasons.
Unseld Jr. had indicated Hachimura would debut on this road trip. Montrezl Harrell, meanwhile, is OUT. – 4:42 PM

More on this storyline

Sources said Harrell became upset with Caldwell-Pope for not passing him the basketball on a play before the first half concluded, and the two started jawing during the walk to the locker room. As the two exchanged words, Harrell and Caldwell-Pope took swings toward each other — with neither connecting — and became entangled before teammates separated them, sources said. -via The Athletic / January 12, 2022

The Athletic has learned a central issue is that at least several players have concerns about the direction and structure of the team’s offense, particularly whether they as individuals, and by extension the team as a whole, are being put in the best positions to succeed. As confidence in the offense has diminished, players have exerted less effort and exercised less attention to detail on the defensive end, the area the coaching staff has emphasized since the start of training camp. -via The Athletic / December 19, 2021

“At the end of the day, it’s like the old saying, ‘You’ve got to throw a squirrel a nut,’” center Montrezl Harrell said. “We’re not saying throw it to us and let us clear out and iso and go and do our thing. No. But at the same time, let us feel it, not just off rebounding and then giving it to a guard. No, let us get a touch early to get a shot. Let’s give us something to let us feel like we’re involved in the game as well.” -via The Athletic / December 19, 2021