Wizards’ Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope get in physical altercation at halftime of Thunder win: Sources

Washington Wizards goaltender Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and center Montrezl Harrell had a physical altercation at halftime in Tuesday night’s home win over the Oklahoma City Thunder and their fight was due to be parted by teammates, according to sources Athleticism.

Sources said Harrell got mad at Caldwell-Pope for not passing him the basketball on a play before the first half was over, and the two started grumbling as they walked to the locker room . As the two words exchanged, Harrell and Caldwell-Pope turned to each other – unconnected – and entangled before their teammates separated them, sources said.

By the time the players entered the locker room, the altercation was over. The security presence has been stepped up to ensure that the tension does not build up again.

The Wizards won their second straight game and Caldwell-Pope and Harrell were two of the team’s five double-digit players on Tuesday night. Caldwell-Pope had 16 points on three 3-pointers, three rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes while Harrell had 12 points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes – and both played in the second half.

Caldwell-Pope and Harrell have played on the same team for consecutive years after spending the 2020-21 season with the Lakers. Along with Kyle Kuzma, they were acquired as part of the Wizards’ successful five-team deal during the offseason that sent Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers. Washington also added Spencer Dinwiddie and Aaron Holiday this offseason to the Westbrook deal.

Kuzma (29 points, five rebounds, three assists) and Dinwiddie (22 points, 10 assists, three rebounds) led the Wizards to victory 122-118 on Tuesday in the absence of Bradley Beal due to health and safety protocols.

The Wizards are currently 21-20 years old and established as playoff contenders this season.

(Photos by Harrell and Caldwell-Pope: Jonathan Bachman / Contributor)

Leave a Comment