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Incredulous John Wall reveals Hawks players complained about the Wizards getting too many calls

Incredulous John Wall reveals Hawks players complained about the Wizards getting too many calls

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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Dwight Howard 'out' for game vs. Trail Blazers, does not travel with team

Dwight Howard 'out' for game vs. Trail Blazers, does not travel with team

Due to an ongoing buttocks injury, Dwight Howard is listed as "out" for the Wizards' Monday night game in Portland against the Trail Blazers. Howard did not travel out west with the team for the five-game trip, according to NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller.

The news comes just four days after Wizards head coach Scott Brooks told the media that Howard would "definitely" make the trip. 

The veteran power forward was signed to the Wizards on a two-year free-agent deal in July worth $11 million, but has missed the Wizards' first two games of the regular season and all five of the team's preseason games. 

In Howard's absence, Brooks has turned to Ian Mahinmi, but his foul trouble has proved worrisome for the Wizards' lineup so far.

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' loss to the Raptors, including Kelly Oubre Jr's putback slam

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' loss to the Raptors, including Kelly Oubre Jr's putback slam

The Washington Wizards lost to the Toronto Raptors 117-113 on Saturday night in the Wizards' 2018-19 regular season opener. Here are five plays or moments worth revisiting...

1. Early on in this one, there was a difference in Otto Porter Jr. He came out firing from long range after not taking a single three in the Wizards' season-opening loss to the Heat earlier in the week.

This was Porter's best play. Off an incredible fastbreak pass from John Wall, Porter knocked down a near-corner three and got the and-1:

It's often you see a four-point play. Porter finished with 11 points in 24 minutes after fading in the second half.

2. This may have been the best play of the night for the Wizards. Wall zoomed down the floor and missed a contested transition layup. But Kelly Oubre Jr. was there to clean it up with a vicious putback slam:

Oubre had eight points and six rebounds, but shot 3-for-8 and had two turnovers in 19 minutes.

3. It was a bad overall night for the Wizards, but Bradley Beal did provide a great moment in the second half when he knocked down his fifth three of the game. That one passed Gilbert Arenas on the Wizards/Bullets all-time list for career threes:

Beal had 32 points in 35 minutes on 12-for-21 from the field and 6-for-11 from three. He also added six rebounds, a steal and a block.

4. Per usual, Wall made a lot of plays attacking the rim on Saturday night. On this one, he got the bucket and the foul:

Wall finished with 25 points, six assists and four steals.

5. Those were the good moments for the Wizards. But the play of the game was by Raptors guard Fred Van Vleet.

On a broken play with the shot clock ticking down, Van Vleet threw up a desperation shot that went in and sealed the victory:

It has only been two games, but the Wizards failing to execute late to secure victories has been an early season theme.