Clippers' Montrezl Harrell After Loss to Grizzlies: 'We're Not a Great Team'

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst IIIJanuary 4, 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 4: Montrezl Harrell #5 of the LA Clippers looks on during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on January 4, 2020 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The 14-22 Memphis Grizzlies demolished the 25-12 Los Angeles Clippers 140-114 on Saturday afternoon at the Staples Center.

Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell led the team with 28 points, but the 25-year-old reserve was far from boastful postgame. Harrell, among other things, told reporters the Clippers are "not a great team":

Tomer Azarly @TomerAzarly

Montrezl Harrell on feeling the embarrassment, hearing fans boo - “I am. Us as a team that should wake you up. Losing by 20+ points on your home floor, getting embarrassed, and booed by your home fans, that should wake anybody up.” #Clippers https://t.co/LCSigUFIyi

This result marked L.A.'s fifth loss this season to a sub-.500 opponent.

The expectation for the Clippers is to contend for a championship after they signed reigning NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and acquired six-time All-Star Paul George over the summer.

George sat out against Memphis with left hamstring tightness. The Clippers were also without two-time All-Defensive point guard Patrick Beverley because of a wrist injury. Head coach Doc Rivers did not use that as an excuse:

Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson

Doc on that: "Honestly, if Pat Beverley was playing and PG was playing it still would be a committee. Watching the first game ... he has great control with his speed and he kinda like got everyone involved early and then he tried to take the game over late. Unusual for a rookie." https://t.co/w872hP8xah

The L.A. rotation has been fluid this season because of injuries and Leonard's load management, and Rivers disclosed he's concerned the Clippers don't yet have an identity.

Rivers, like Harrell, also commented on being booed:

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha

Doc on the third-quarter boos: "I would never boo anybody. That's just me. But I have no problem with fans doing whatever they want to do. ... But listen, with the effort we played at tonight, I can understand the frustration."

Reigning back-to-back Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams also echoed Harrell:

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha

Lou Williams: “We’re getting to the halfway point. It’s only so much longer we can say, ‘We’re figuring it out.’ We gotta start figuring it out.”

It certainly isn't time for the Clippers to panic. L.A. is positioned fourth in a strong Western Conference behind the 28-7 Los Angeles Lakers, 24-10 Denver Nuggets and 24-11 Houston Rockets.

The Clippers will have another shot against a lesser opponent when they host the 10-25 New York Knicks on Sunday afternoon.


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