While John Wall didn't sound very apologetic after he was ejected from the Wizards' last game, he took on a more contrite tone when he met with his teammates before they played the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"I just told everybody that's my fault. Can't do that. If it was a seven-point game, I probably wouldn't have (done) it," he said of the Flagrant 2 foul that produced his automatic ejection with the Wizards up 20 on the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
It was the second game in a row that Wall, the Wizards' only All-Star and floor general, had been tossed. The first time was a questionable second technical foul late in a game with the Houston Rockets on Monday. His foul on Marcus Smart of the Celtics was intentional. In all instances, Wall was unappy with what he perceived as no-calls against him when he attacked the basket.
"I just got to do a better job as a leader. ... Frustration got into it. Things weren’t going the right way. The game was fine but I’m talking about certain calls," Wall said. "Me being the leader I got to be able to stay in games, be able to close out games and lead our team to the win."
Wall has three points on his record with the league office. He was assessed one point for a Flagrant 1, called when he hit Vince Carter making a basketball play on the head in Memphis, and two points for the Flagrant 2 on Smart. When a player exceeds five points, it's an automatic one-game suspension.
"It's better that he handles himself in a better way," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "It's behind him. (Like) all experiences you learn from them, you move on. But we need him. We definitely need him on the floor. You got to control yourself. That last thing you want to do is have your points add up and miss games. It puts a lot of pressure on your teammates. You want to be able to be there for them at all times. ... When you're up 20, the only thing you should be focused on is closing out the game."