John Wall's ejection couldn't have come at a worse time with the Wizards desperate for a win to stop from sliding down a black hole just six games into the season. But with 33.6 seconds left and momentum building, head official Marc Davis issued him his second technical foul -- and third of the season -- to speed up his exit from the Verizon Center floor.
The explanation from Davis in a statement: "For inappropriate language and using vulgarity towards a game official. He already received his first technical foul. After granting the team a timeout, I felt that there was contact and that he bumped me. I wasn't certain of his intent. I told him to watch himself. He looked over his shoulder and used vulgarity and inappropriate language and was ejected on his second technical foul."
For his part, Wall was mum about what transpired in a 114-106 loss to the Rockets that got away. Replays show that the bump was minimal -- and likely incidental -- and Wall could not be seen moving his lips. The league office in New York does have the authority to rescind the technical foul and the fines that come with them, but that will provide little solace to a 1-5 team.
"I'm just letting it go," Wall said. "I mean we lost a game, that I'm frustrated about. I didn't go a great job of helping us win. Move on to the next game. We've got practice tomorrow and a game on Wednesday so I'm past that."
In the past when Wall has been hit with technicals, he's admitted if he felt he deserved it. But he has long been agitated by what he perceives as a lack of respect and the no-calls on him going to the basket. When he was given his first technical at 5:52 of the third quarter, Wall missed a transition layup in which he clearly thought was foul-worthy. The whistle didn't blow and Davis assessed that one, too. The score was tied at 66.
Wall was at his boiling point last season when he reached a season-high 12 technicals. Once a player gets 16, he has to serve an automatic one-game suspension. Wall has as many as 76 games left.
Wizards coach Scott Brooks appeared disgusted by it all. On top of it, his team allowed the Rockets to shoot 51.9% from the field and 45.9% from three-point range.
"I haven't talked to John about that yet nor have I talked to Marc," Brooks said. "(Davis) wanted to explain it to me but I wasn't interested in listening to it."
Each technical foul comes with a $2,000 fine. If Wall reaches six, it'll grow to $3,000 per infraction and then $4,000 per starting with the 11th. If Wall were to reach 16, he'd get a $5,000 fine on top of a one-game suspension.
The only player in the NBA coming into the week with at least three technicals is Wall's college teammate, DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings.