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John Wall's anger with officiating in loss to Jazz boils over as he nears suspension

John Wall's anger with officiating in loss to Jazz boils over as he nears suspension

Aside from the $4,000 penalty that comes with the 15th technical foul on John Wall, the NBA could levy a heavier one on the Wizards' point guard after his frustrations boiled over after a 95-88 loss at the Utah Jazz.

"We didn't lose this game," said Wall, who showed marks on his left arm that drew blood that he said didn't result in a whistle. "The refs made us lose this game. We fought hard to give ourselves a chance."

Game officials reviewed a play in the third quarter when he went around a screen from Rudy Gobert and appeared to strike him with an open hand in the midsection/beltline area. Gobert reacted as if he was hurt but quickly got back into the play to continue. The two players had words with each other as well.

Wall was assessed a technical which puts him one away from an automatic one-game suspension with six games left in the regular season.

"I don't know. I was just chasing over the screen. I guess my hand accidentally hit him in the stomach or whevever it hit him at," Wall said. "That happens throughout the course of a basketball game. Guys fighting over screens. It's not like I ran into him and hit him on purpose. I didn't know what happened. The ref said it was a technical foul. There was nothing exchanged between us (previously)."

There could've been more whistles in what was a physical game throughout. Marcin Gortat was plowed over by Gobert for what appeared to be a charge but there was no call. Gobert finished the layup uncontested. Wall made a steal and missed a layup when replays showed that Gordon Hayward didn't come close to the ball and touched his arm. 

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The lack of calls has been a growing frustation for coach Scott Brooks and his team. Bradley Beal and Wall did attack the rim much better than they did in a 102-92 loss vs. Utah on Feb. 26. And while this one was more competitive and on the line in the final minutes, they didn't do enough to win. 

When Wall was given his 14th technical he was hopeful that it would be rescinded as was Brooks. That didn't happen after the league reviewed it. 

A couple days after Brooks suggested that his team complained too much when Markieff Morris was ejected in a 133-124 loss to the L.A. Clippers, he was dumbfounded by these events. 

"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? That's ridiculous. We have to control our emotions but he's playing defense. He went through a screen. ... It wasn't controlling our emotions. If anything, it's accidental contact."

The juggling act has taken a toll. Wall has been careful not to be too aggressive in his posture towards game officials, and he still got a technical. 

"I haven't been saying nothing to the refs lately because I know what situation I've been in," said Wall, who attempted just four foul shots as did Beal. "But the way they were officiating today makes no sense. You shoot 31 freee throws to 16, We were the agggressive team that attacked the basket. I try to get something rescinded before. It never works in my favor."

The assumption is that Wall is using expletives or speaking harshly to officials, but he said that's not the case. Even a year ago, he recalled an incident in a game vs. the Orlando Magic when the he felt as if the now-retired Joey Crawford baited him by addressing him in a condescending tone. Something similar, according to Wall, took place Friday on another play.

"I asked the ref why I didn't get one call when I drove baseline, Gordon Hayward pushed me out of bounds. He said, 'Well I didn't shoot the ball, you did.' They're saying slick stuff to me," Wall said. "If I go and tell people about it, (the NBA is) not going to believe my word over their word. Once I say something they feel like is negative towards them, they're going to run to the media then I'm getting fined. If you're going to hold the players accountable you should hold the refs accountable. If you're talking to them in a respectable manner they need to talk to you in the same way." 

Aside from Wall's hard foul on Marcus Smart in a blowout of the Boston Celtics earlier in the season -- retaliation for what he felt was roughhouse tactics -- he doesn't have the reputation of a flopper or cheap-shot artist.

"Playing defense fighting over a screen. He's not a dirty player," Beal said of the technical. "Doesn't have that label. ... Kind of unfair."

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Swaggy Picasso's Sole Talk had the Wizards taking notice opening night

Swaggy Picasso's Sole Talk had the Wizards taking notice opening night

The connection between athletes and their fans is a powerful thing in sports. The NBA is one of the trendiest, fashion-forward leagues in the world. From shoe design to overall wardrobe to eccentric personalities...the Association has it all on display for fans across the globe to consume. 

Lloyd Ferguson, a fan himself and native of Silver Spring, Md., is bursting onto the customized sneakers scene as an up-and-coming artist. 

His Instagram (@SwaggyPicasso) serves as his personal laboratory and a platform to share his creations. 

Prior to the start of Thursday night's Wizards-Heat game, NBC Sports Washington invited Ferguson to Capital One Arena for what would become a memorable night for the 23-year-old. 

Chris Miller and Drew Gooden featured Swaggy Picasso on the pregame show for an interview and sneaker showcase.

"The inside of my body was jiggling and moving. I was like 'I gotta keep composed and stay cool. You're on national televison, Lloyd.'" 

You would have never known it. 

Ferguson, who was a basketball player himself locally, grew up a Wizards and D.C. sports fan all around. 

Little did he know several Wizards would take notice of his artwork. 

Kelly Oubre, Devin Robinson and John Wall - each known for their wardrobes and respective styles - stopped by to take a peek at Ferguson's kicks. 

"Their reactions to my art was all I needed, honestly. They see the potential and growth. It's very overwhelming." 

It was a groundbreaking night for a young talent with lofty dreams and aspirations. 

Swaggy Picasso has no plans of stopping anytime soon. 

"I've been busting out these shoes day and night. I don't sleep. My desire to paint shoes is ridiculous." 



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Wizards vs. Raptors: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Wizards vs. Raptors: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Wizards take to the court Saturday night looking for their first win of the season against the Toronto Raptors. 

In their first game of the season the Wizards laid an egg after the Miami Heat were missing three rotation players on the second end of a back-to-back. Similar problems emerged even with new offseason additions Jeff Green and Austin Rivers having stellar debuts. Dwight Howard did not play in the contest, still dealing with a butt injury. 

Now, the Wizards will go up against one of the favorites to win the Eastern Conference, the Raptors. They also acquired a former All-Star in Kwahi Leonard this offseason, trading away DeMar DeRozan. Besides the switch, this is pretty much the same squad that knocked the Wizards out of the First Round of the playoffs last season.

On Saturday the Raptors will be coming off a back-to-back after hosting the Boston Celtics on Friday night. Once again, another big opportunity for the Wizards against an Eastern Conference foe early in the season.

The Wizards-Raptors will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Capital One Arena and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.


What: Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors, 2018 NBA regular season Game 2
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Wizards vs. Raptors will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Raptors on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the new MyTeams App.
Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

6:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)
6:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)
7:00 PM: Toronto Raptors @ Wizards (LIVE)
9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)
10:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)
10:30 PM: Redskins GameDay: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)


Wizards: Dwight Howard (questionable)
Raptors: Delon Wright (day-to-day), OG Anunoby (probable)


John Wall, Wizards: After speculation on if Wall would return to his peak form, he showed out on Thursday night. With 26 points, nine assists, and four blocks, the point guard was all around the court for the Wizards. 

Otto Porter Jr./ Jeff Green, Wizards: Covering Leonard is going to be a tall task. It is anticipated that the taller Otto Porter Jr. and Jeff Green to be the duo that will be covering the lengthy guard.  Neither guy are going to light-up the stat sheet on the offensive end, but after a nice showing by Green on Thursday look for them to split time defensively. 

Khawi Leonard: Leonard had 24 points and 12 rebounds in his debut with the Raptors, picking up right where he left off before his injury. Will a back-to-back affect the star that hasn't played consistently since 2016? 


Number of all-time Meetings: 95 games
Regular Season Record: Raptors lead 48-37
Postseason Record: Wizards lead 6-4
Last Meeting: Raptors won 102-92
Last 10: Raptors lead 6-4