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Similar fouls, different outcomes: Jae Crowder's common foul vs. John Wall's flagrant

Similar fouls, different outcomes: Jae Crowder's common foul vs. John Wall's flagrant

Since flagrant fouls are a hot topic heading into Game 4 between the Wizards and Celtics, it calls into question a play that happened late in the first half of Game 2 when Otto Porter was wiped out by Jae Crowder.

Make no mistake, Crowder was making a basketball play. He's a hard-nosed forward but not dirty. He was attempting to stop Porter at the basket, went for the block and clocked him aside the head for what was correctly called a foul at the time.

The game officials stopped the action to take a look to determine if it warranted a flagrant 1. They decided it was not. The play:

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For background, this is how the NBA rulebook defines flagrant fouls: 1. "Unnecessary contact committed by a player against an opponent. 2. "Penalty is unnecessary and excessive contact committed by a player against an opponent. It is an unsportsmanlike act and the offender is ejected following confirmation by instant replay review. The offender will be subject to a fine not exceeding $50,000 and/or suspension by the Commissioner."

If No. 2 applies, it's an automatic ejection, which is what happened to Kelly Oubre when he was sent to the locker room early in Game 3 after he slammed into Kelly Olynyk. If No. 1 applies, it's a technical foul shot plus the ball on a side out.

Now let's look at what took place in the second game of the regular season, when the Wizards led 96-88 late in the fourth quarter vs. the Memphis Grizzlies only to see the momentum shift on a flagrant assessed to John Wall. Like Crowder, he made a basketball play for a block in transition. Wall missed on the swipe and made contact with Carter's head which appears to be the reason for the difference in the decisions.

The play:

See the difference in the infraction? The intent was to get the block but Carter and Porter ended up with elbows to the skull. Carter dipped which led to Wall striking him without getting the ball, but he went for the ball.

Wall, who has been vocal about what he perceives as a lack of respect for himself personally and his team, likely would say it is this type of imbalance that contributed heavily to his hot head towards game officials all season. He had a career-high 15 technical fouls.

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Bradley Beal still feels 'disrespected' by referees

Bradley Beal still feels 'disrespected' by referees

Back in December following a tough loss to the Clippers, Bradley Beal's frustration with the referees boiled over. 

"Honestly, [my frustration] is out the roof," Beal said that night. "It really is. It's really unfair and unacceptable that they allow a lot of stuff to go on with me out there and I do not calls. Period. It's just unacceptable."

Everything for the Wizards' offense this season starts and ends with Beal, and while he's averaging career-best scoring numbers, he remains frustrated at how he doesn't get to the foul line enough. 

In a 134-129 loss to the Heat Wednesday night, Beal went off for 38 points on 16-24 shooting to go with nine rebounds and four assists. He only had four free throw attempts, resulting in another postgame riff about how he and his team aren't officiated the same as others. 

“It’s kind of sad the way we get disrespected," he said. "Especially myself getting disrespected like I do because I attack the basket.”

Among 32 players who average at least 20 points, Beal ranks ninth in free throw attempts per game. The Wizards themselves are 14th in the NBA in free throw attempts per game. 

What had Beal particularly upset was not getting the whistle when he aggressively attacked the basket in the game's final moments.

"You can look at my last three drives and I got fouled on all three of them," he said. 

The NBA doesn't typically tolerate players and coaches openly criticizing referees after games. Beal knows he could be fined for his comments, so it shows just how frustrated the two-time All-Star is with how he's being called this season. 

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Former Washington Mystics All-Star Alana Beard retires after 14 seasons

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Former Washington Mystics All-Star Alana Beard retires after 14 seasons

One of the Washington Mystics' first stars is hanging up her shoes.

Alana Beard, who spent the first seven seasons of her professional career with the Mystics after Washington drafted her No. 2 overall in 2004, announced her retirement from the sport on Wednesday.

During her time in Washington, Beard made the All-Star team four times. Her best season with the Mystics was in 2006, where she averaged a career-high 19.1 points per game and won the Defensive Player of the Year award.

After missing nearly two years with multiple injuries, Beard signed with the Los Angeles Sparks during free agency in 2012, and spent the rest of her career out west. She won her first WNBA championship in 2016 with the Sparks, highlighted by her game-winning three-pointer in Game 1 of the Finals.

Congratulations on a great career, Alana!

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