For the second day in a row, there will be a John Wall suspension watch. The league office will review the Flagrant 2 he was charged with in Wednesday's blowout of the Boston Celtics when he thumped Marcus Smart for what was deemed by the letter of the rule intentional and excessive contact.
"Just getting frustrated. My finger was bleeding the whole game. Got stepped on on purpose. Drove to the basket a couple times, didn't get calls," Wall said of being tossed with 5:24 left and the Wizards ahead 106-86. "The play before I (drove) and got smacked right across the face. On my ear. So I just let my frustation get the best of me."
He took it out on Smart, but pointed out that Avery Bradley was the primary culprit. On Monday, Wall was ejected after two techincal fouls in a loss to the Houston Rockets with less than a minute left of a 114-106 loss.
After having a career-high 12 technicals last season, Wall appears to be at wits' end for what he believes is lack of respect from game officials who don't award him or backcourt mate Bradley Beal the free throws they deserve compared to other players.
"I'll know more tomorrow," coach Scott Brooks said. "But we have to keep our composure. You're up 20 points at the time (and) guys are going to continue to compete. You can't fault them for continuing to compete. ... That's what good players and good teams do. You don't play the score, you play the possession. I think they did that and unfortunately that happened. I'll know more when I look at the film."
When Beal had his nose broken and received a concussion last season, Smart delivered the elbow to the face. Wall said the history of his rivalry with Boston, which swept the Wizards 4-0 in the season series a year ago, didn't factor into what took place.
"Whenever we play this team they're being the most physical team against us. I think for the first time we were the more physical team," Wall said. "Nothing in the past led up to anything that happened. It was just me going through the game, not saying anything to the refs, not getting a couple calls, trying to play through it. Just got frustrated at the end."
Beal only lasted 11 minutes after injuring his right hamstring. He was back in the locker room early with Wall.
"He's a grown man at the end of the day. He's going to make his decisions. I guess you could say he could've afforded (an ejection) tonight," Beal said with a laugh. "We can't be mad at him. He knows how valuable he is to the team. We all know how valuable he is. I guess he felt Marcus was out there just being a hack so he wanted to give him a taste I guess."
Beal has made a concerted effort to attack the basket in hopes of increasing his free-throw attempts which are just a shade under three per game for his career. He has a career-high of 14 that happened this season.
"It is frustating at times. We're all busting our butts and trying to draw fouls and get hit a lot but we dont get calls," said Beal. "It's 30 other players out there saying the same thing (to officials). It's coaches, players, everrybody. Players on the floor. Players off the floor. Everybody wants to pull the refs and say something to them. Some listen, some don't. ..It's tough on them too."
Flagrant 2 fouls are reviewed by the league and Kiki Vandeweghe, vice president of basketball operations, will make the call. He can downgrade it, levy a fine against Wall who was hit with $25,000 for his previous ejection and/or suspension.
Wall already has a Flagrant 1 (one point) for a hard foul on Vince Carter in the second game of the season in Memphis when he struck him across the head on a fast break to stop a dunk.
The league takes into account the result of the flagrant, such as leading to an altercation or an injury. Neither happened. If the Flagrant 2 (two points) stands, Wall will have a total of three points for his infractions. Six total points will be an automatic one-game suspension and he's just seven games into an 82-game season.
Wall wasn't contrite at all about what took place and is willing to accept whatever additional punishment is handed down this week.
"They'll find time to respect me," Wall said.