The Wizards beat the Hawks 109-101 in Game 2, but it was ugly. That's largely because the entire game was marred by whistles and free throws. It was hard for either team to get into a rythmn.
Washington was plagued by early foul trouble, limiting minutes by key starters. Markieff Morris only played 20:12, while Otto Porter played 23:27 on the evening.
And yet in John Wall's postgame interview, the star told CSN's Chris Miller that Hawks players were complaining about too many calls going the Wizards's way.
“The funny this is, they say we get all the calls. All of our guys are in foul trouble," Wall said. "Keef couldn’t even get into the game today. But he kept playing."
He alluded to Paul Millsap's Game 1 quip that the Wizards were "playing MMA."
"Whatever teams say about us being nasty, we’re a physical team," Wall said. "That’s what we’ve got to do defensively and if we keep doing that, we have a chance to do something special."
If Atlanta really was complaining about the Washington getting all the calls, it's pretty unbelievable.
The final tally will show that the Wizards were whistled for a total of 29 personal fouls to the Hawks' 26. But the practical discrepency was much bigger given the timing and players called for fouls over the course of the game.
Three Wizards – Otto Porter, Markieff Morris and Bojan Bogdanovic – had three fouls in the first half. By the end of the third quarter, Porter, Morris, Kelly Oubre and Jason Smith each had four.
Only Dwight Howard and Kent Bazemore found themselves in similar foul trouble by the start of the fourth.
Sorry, Hawks. The Wizards don't feel bad for you.
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