Wizards veteran point guard John Wall is already attempting to work the referees, just one game into the team’s 2018 postseason campaign.
That’s not really a good sign, as it makes the Wizards come off as a bit desperate, and overmatched, both of which are likely true. Still, Wall has made it clear that he wasn’t happy with the job the officials did in Game 1 on Sunday. He felt he was fouled on a number of instances that didn’t draw a call, which he indicated to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk.
“I think a couple of them, I did get fouled on,” Wall said.
“I’d rather you not tell me about it, just like the last two minutes report. Me as a player, I’ve got to do a better job of just not worrying about it – fouls or contact – just try to finish my plays like I usually do. I wasn’t looking for (fouls) at all. I just felt like when I got to the basket at times, that’s when I got fouled. Only time I’d really say I didn’t get fouled was the one time in transition, when Kyle (Lowry) jumped with verticality. That was a great defensive play. But the one I had before that in transition (when DeMar DeRozan stopped him), I felt like I got fouled.”
Wall also stated that the Raptors “hold and grab” a lot, which isn’t really worth mentioning team, because a lot of NBA teams do that. Go back and watch the Sixers-Heat tape and you’ll see Miami’s players doing it nearly every time down the floor.
Here’s a thought: Go out there and play your game, and make more than six of 20 shot attempts from the field — rather than complaining about the officiating.