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Morning tip: Wizards' Scott Brooks fed up with lack of foul calls in loss to Celtics

Morning tip: Wizards' Scott Brooks fed up with lack of foul calls in loss to Celtics

BOSTON -- Just 12 free throws after an intense, physical loss to the Boston Celtics finally drew the ire of Wizards coach Scott Brooks. His point guard is ailing, his shooting guard was taken to the floor but was assessed a technical instead of Marcus Smart, and they lost 117-108.

"The game turned when they put their hands on us and we allowed that," Brooks said. "It's not our job to keep them from putting their hands on (us). We need to get some calls. We don't get to the free-throw line. That's just the way it is. I'm not complaining about it. That's not the way basketball is supposed to be played. You're supposed to play it in a way that's supposed to be free-flowing. That wasn't the case in that second half."

The league office will have its hands full in sorting out the mess that happened after the final buzzer between Jae Crowder and John Wall. There also could be a review of Brooks' comments regarding the officiating crew of Mike Callahan, Tony Brothers and Leon Wood as these were the most stern comments he has made about the subject in his first season with the Wizards. 

It's not that the Celtics were given more free throws than they deserved. There just weren't a lot of whistles, which can be a good or bad thing pending perspective. Boston only was whistled six times in the second half which led to five free throws. Washington was hit with five second-half fouls that produced six foul shots the other way.

For the game, the Celtics were only called for 10 total fouls -- four by Marcus Smart. The Wizards had 13, with Bradley Beal getting four of them. He was assessed a techical at 8:51 of the third quarter when Smart grabbed him and both players ended up on the floor.

[RELATED: Animosity between Wall, Crowder requires police to keep peace]

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Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Tristan Thompson calls Bradley Beal one of the best shooting guards in the league

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with reporters after the team's victory over the Wizards Friday night, praising Bradley Beal, who was snubbed from All-Star consideration this season despite averaging nearly 30 points-per-game.

The Cavaliers held the Wizards to just 21 points in the fourth quarter, and Thompson said their main focus was neutralizing Beal.

"The Wizards are really good offensively when they are making their runs," Thompson said postgame. "Bradley Beal is an All-Star in our league. One of the top-three two-guards in our league right now, so we were just trying to make it tough for him."

Beal finished the night with 26 points, but struggled from the floor. Beal shot 9-for-28 from the floor and the Cavaliers' stingy defense was clearly a factor.

Beal and the Wizards will have a chance to get back on track on Sunday night at Capital One Arena when they host the Chicago Bulls for the final time this season.

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Tristan Thompson says Wizards' trash talking sparked Cavaliers' comeback win

Tristan Thompson says Wizards' trash talking sparked Cavaliers' comeback win

Since LeBron James left the Cavaliers before last season, Cleveland was an astonishing 0-81 when trailing by at least 16 points. The Wizards held a 16-point lead Friday night and ended up losing to the Cavs 113-108. 

So what happened?

You can point to the Wizards' cold shooting in the second half, or a lack of production from anyone not named Bradley Beal or Rui Hachimura, but they were playing a bad Cavs team who committed 21 turnovers. 21!

According to Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, Washington's trash talk during the game sparked Cleveland's comeback. 

"Somebody out there ignited our defense to take it up a little notch," Thompson told Fred Katz. "You guys can look back at the film and probably take a guess at who we're talking about. But that person right there definitely ignited a bench mob so we give them a lot of credit for tonight for talking and got us going and helped us get a win."

It's not clear which Wizards player "ignited" the Cavaliers, so you'll probably have to do as Thompson said and go back, watch the film and determine who it was yourself. No matter how you slice it though, this isn't the best look for the Wizards. 

If they're serious about making a push to the postseason, these aren't the games they can afford to lose, especially at home to teams who are nearly 30 games below .500. Their schedule won't do them any favors either. Washington has the second-hardest remaining schedule in the East, while its chief competitor for the eighth seed in Orlando has the second-easiest schedule in the East. Oh, and the Magic hold the tiebreaker over the Wizards.

The silver lining is the Wizards typically respond to bad losses. The problem this season has been sustaining that success. They've never had a winning streak longer than two games. 

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