Before the Wizards play the Golden State Warriors today, the NBA could render a fine on John Wall that'll go beyond the $4,000 he's required to pay for his 15th technical foul in a loss to the Utah Jazz.
But Draymond Green, a forward for the Warriors, was involved in a controversial play on Friday night, too.
Wall went around a screen by Rudy Gobert and appeared to tap him with an open hand around the beltline/lower mid-section. It originally wasn't called anything by game officials who went to the replay and concluded, according to Wizards coach Scott Brooks, that it was a "hostile act."
Wall is now one more technical away from an automatic one-game suspension with six games left in the regular season.
Green admitted to purposefully hacking James Harden over his injured left wrist in their win over the Houston Rockets. In fact, he said: “He pinched me so I punched his wrist. That’s pretty much it.”
Green's penalty? He was called for a common foul for a play that appeared to be far more dangerous and purposeful that could've seriously injured an opponent.
The action didn't cost him $4,000 like a technical does for Wall.
Different officiating crews are going to vary in how they decide to penalize these situations. They're not going to call a game in the Bay Area based on how a game in Salt Lake City is being officiated. That's not realistic.
But it is the job of the league office to step in to achieve fairness and to get it right. If anything, Green probably should've received a flagrant. Wall's likely should be a common foul at worst. Applying a technical after the play doesn't make much sense.
It's difficult to determine if what Wall did was intentional contact. He didn't use a fist. He didn't swing. It didn't even prevent Gobert from getting back into the play, though he did pause upon inital contact. Green's was clearly intended to hurt the opponent.
Wall was ejected for shoving Marcus Smart earlier this season, angry over a no-call when he felt the Boston Celtics guard was getting away with dirty tactics. But short of that, does Wall have a history of cheap shots?
Green's history is well-documented which includes a Game 5 suspension in the NBA Finals last season for kicking. If the league takes past history into consideration, Wall probably deserves the benefit of the doubt.
Wall likely will be hit with a sizable fine for what he said postgame, blaming the officiating for the 95-88 loss. That's a completely separate issue. But if his contact with Gobert is worthy of being more than a common foul, then what's a fair punishment for Green?
These infractions aren't equal, and whatever the league concludes upon review Wall's penalty should not be greater.
Otherwise, it'll solidify Wall's long-held belief that he doesn't get the respect -- or fair treatment -- compared to other All-Stars.