Everything went wrong for John Wall and the Wizards in a tough 95-88 loss in Utah Friday night. The high-scoring guard shot only 6-of-22 from the floor and got whistled for a technical for what the officials termed a "hostile act."
And Wall got a cut on his right arm that needed a bandage. So he could be forgiven for being frustrated — a frustration he aimed at the officiating crew after the game.
“I had to get this bandaged up because I’m bleeding and the ref told me ‘that’s not a foul,'” Wall told reporters, via the Washington Post. “It’s getting out of hand. If you want us to compete at a high level like we’ve been doing — we didn’t lose this game. The refs made us lose this game. We fought hard, we gave ourselves a chance but you don’t shoot no 31 free throws (for the Jazz) to 16 (for the Wizards) the way we attack the basket as a team. That’s how I feel about it. I tried to get some (technical fouls) rescinded before, it never works for my favor. Other players have and they got it.
"So, all I can do is just keep my mouth shut like I’ve been doing. I could see if I would’ve got a flagrant-1 but a technical off of that? That’s outrageous.”
In the play Wall referenced, he appeared to inadvertently hit Jazz center Rudy Gobert in the groin area in the third quarter while fighting through a screen. After reviewing the play, the officials dubbed the move a "hostile act" and slapped Wall with a technical.
Coach Scott Brooks also disagreed with the call, calling it "ridiculous."
“They said it was a ‘hostile act,'” Brooks said. ”I’ve been around a lot of fights back when I played. Come on. ‘Hostile act?’ Really? It’s ridiculous.”
Wall expressed his disbelief at a couple of other calls in the game, notably a foul drawn by Jazz backup guard Shelvin Mack in the closing seconds.
“It doesn’t make no sense," Wall said. "Certain guys are getting calls that don’t deserve it and it’s the second time me saying this. Fans can say I’m being rude or being disrespectful. I’m not. I’m just being bold with what I feel like our team should be getting credit for because we’re an aggressive team.
"We’re a good team and we’re not a sorry team. We’re a good team that come out and play hard every night and we deserve certain calls.”