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Wizards melt down after John Wall's ejection for 'inappropriate language'

Wizards melt down after John Wall's ejection for 'inappropriate language'

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. 

[RELATED: Takeaways from Wizards' 5th loss in 6 games vs. Rockets]

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Tyler Perry surprises Wizards in their Chicago hotel to compare heights

Tyler Perry surprises Wizards in their Chicago hotel to compare heights

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you put Tyler Perry in a room with a bunch of NBA players? If so, we have the answer. 

During the Wizards' road trip to Chicago in January, the famous actor/producer/writer surprised several players in their hotel room and compared heights with them the whole time. 

Perry, who's used to being the tallest in the room at 6'5", was dwarfed by the likes of Thomas Bryant and Johnathan Williams. 

"I ain't ever been in a room where I'm the short guy," Perry said as he greeted all the players. 

There were a couple of players who Perry had the height advantage on. Bradley Beal admitted he was shorter than Perry during the video, while Perry didn't have a doubt he was taller than Gary Payton II. 

"Oh, you're short," Perry joked after Payton revealed his height. 

You can find more of this kind of inside access into the Wizards' trip to Chicago, where the "Wire-to-Wire" special will air on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. Ish Smith, Moe Wagner and Scott Brooks will be mic'd up and featured throughout a condensed version of the Wizards' loss to the Bulls in mid-January. 

"The thing is, you look at celebrities as celebrities, but they look at our players as celebrities," Brooks said. "But you could tell that [Perry], he had their attention. Not a lot of times our guys are willing to wait after our breakfast meeting. But they waited around for him so it was really cool to see that."

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How to watch Wizards vs. Bulls Wire to Wire broadcast

How to watch Wizards vs. Bulls Wire to Wire broadcast

The Wizards head to the Bay Area to take on the Golden State Warriors. Before that, fans can enjoy inside NBA access in the debut of 'NBC Sports Wire to Wire'.

'NBC Sports Wire to Wire' will debut Sunday, Mar. 1, at 6:30 p.m. and feature a one-hour condensed game of the Wizards matchup with the Bulls from mid-January. The twist is players and coaches on both sides were mic'd up during the game. 

Ish Smith, Moe Wagner, and Scott Brooks are featured from the Wizards side, while you'll be able to hear Coby White, coach Jim Boylen and former Wizard Tomas Satoransky as well. The broadcast will deliver a mix of on-court audio and sit-down interviews. 

The Wizards fell to the Bulls 115-106 in the game in question. In a head-to-head matchup between two eventual All-Star snubs, Zach LaVine got the best of Bradley Beal, scoring 30 points on 12-21 shooting to get his team the win. 

If you recall, Beal questioned the Wizards' culture after his team dropped what he called a 'winnable game.' Since then, the Wizards are 7-6 and before the All-Star break, were playing some of their best basketball.

Beal has also been exceptional since Washington's last loss in Chicago, so perhaps there's a bit more insight into what went on that game that one, caused Beal to call out his team after the game, and two, sparked one of the best runs of play for the Wizards all year. 

So remember 6:30 p.m. on Sunday before the Wizards-Warriors game. And if you aren't able to catch it the first time, the special will be re-air later Sunday evening at 11:30 p.m.

Here's everything you need to know to tune into the game Sunday and how to watch the Wire to Wire broadcast afterward. 


What: Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors 

Where: Chase Center, San Francisco, CA

When: Sunday, Mar. 1, 2020, at 8:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Wizards vs. Warriors will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Warriors on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the MyTeams App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM


6:30 PM: Wire to Wire: Wizards vs Bulls

7:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders

8:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live

8:30 PM: Washington Wizards vs. Golden State Warriors

11:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live

11:30 PM: Wire to Wire: Wizards @ Bulls


Wizards: John Wall (OUT/Achilles), Thomas Bryant (OUT/foot)

Warriors: Marquese Chriss (Day-to-day/calf), Draymond Green (Day-to-day/hip), Steph Curry (Day-to-day/hand), Klay Thompson (OUT/knee)

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