For the second game in a row, Bradley Beal played 38 minutes and didn't register a free-throw attempt. It wasn't because the Wizards' best shooter was settling. The whistles just didn't go his way and everyone, including Markieff Morris who was ejected and coach Scott Brooks, was peeved after a 112-100 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.
"We felt like there were a lot of calls that shouldn't have been called," said Beal, who had a game-high 25 points on 11-for-23 shooting, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. "At the end of the day, that's something that we have a little bit of trouble with is the referees. Sometimes we worry about them too much and it kind of affects our game a little bit on the other end. We've just gotta do a better job of locking in and focusing on defense more than anything."
The Spurs outshot the Wizards 29-14 at the stripe. Otto Porter, who at 6-foot-8 is 176 pounds, was hit with an offensive foul after Danny Green (6-6, 215) fell after contact in the third quarter. Morris picked up two fouls by the midway point of the first quarter and then came two whistles in the span of three seconds in the third to give him four fouls.
Morris ranted at the officials and was assessed two technicals which led to his ejection at 7:30.
"They overreacted to what I said," Morris told CSNmidatlantic.com as he left the locker room after the game. "Got to throw it away and move on."
Brooks was diplomatic in his evaulation of how the game was called but clearly wasn't happy with it, either. The NBA will fine players, coaches and front-office personnel for publicly criticizing the officiating.
"We put them on the free-throw line too much is one thing. They made a lot of shots late in the shot clock, some tough shots," Brooks said. "But they do it all the time. It's not like it just happened. They're so disciplined and (have) so much experience ... But we put them on the free-throw line 29 times and we couldn't get there. That's definitely a big part of their win."
John Wall had 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting, but all seven of his foul-shot attempts came in the second half. No one else on the Wizards had more than two.
"We're trying to be more physical, more aggressive from the start of games," Wall said when asked about Morris' early fouls. "When you do that, you feel that teams that are more physical, more aggressive get the whistle. I think we attacked the basket early in the first half and didn't get a couple calls that we felt like we should've gotten. It might've been some frustration. If they were doing the same exact thing we were doing, they would've gotten some calls. ... Sometimes you're going to get them. Sometimes you're not."