Montrezl Harrell apologized to Luka Doncic prior to Sunday's playoff matchup.
Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell apologized to Luka Doncic prior to Sunday's playoff matchup with the Dallas Mavericks. Harrell was heard calling Doncic a "white boy" during the previous game.
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Clippers head coach Doc Rivers spoke about the incident with the press: “You just have to be careful,” Rivers said. “They both were talking. I don’t think Luka was saying anything racial, but he was swearing. So they both were doing it. It’s an emotional game. It’s a playground game out there in the playoffs. I said to him, ‘Hey, I don’t think you meant anything racially by it.’ He said 'white boy,' but I don’t think there was anything racial intended. But we are in a very heightened climate and you have to be careful. Trez was the first one to say that. He said, ‘I didn’t mean that racially.’ And I said it doesn’t matter. It’s what’s perceived … make sure you do the right thing.
“They squashed it,” Rivers said. “Luka, I guess, was shocked that he needed to reach out.”
Doncic and the Mavericks went on to win Sunday's game 135-133, tying the series 2-2. The Mavs were boosted by a 40-point triple-double from Doncic.