In a very physical, tight game on Friday night in Utah. The Washington Wizards lost 88-95 against the Utah Jazz. However, Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall was not happy with the overall officiating. He unloaded his frustration after the game to reporters in the locker room.

The following and all quotes are from the Washington Post:

Wall started it off when the reporters walked into the locker room, when he said “Go ahead. Start the show.”

“For one, I haven’t been saying nothing to the refs lately because I know what situation I’ve been in but the way they’ve been officiating today doesn’t make no sense,” Wall said. “To shoot 31 free throws to 16. We’re an aggressive team that attacks the basket, that don’t make no sense.”

“I had to get this bandaged up because I’m bleeding and the ref told me ‘that’s not a foul,’” Wall said. “It’s getting out of hand. If you want us to compete at a high level like we’ve been doing – we didn’t lose this game. The refs made us lose this game. We fought hard, we gave ourselves a chance but you don’t shoot no 31 free throws to 16 the way we attack the basket as a team. That’s how I feel about it. I tried to get some (technical fouls) rescinded before, it never works for my favor. Other players have and they got it. So, all I can do is just keep my mouth shut like I’ve been doing. I could see if I would’ve got a flagrant-1 but a technical off of that? That’s outrageous.”

The Wizards did not play a game where they took a lot of open shots. They attacked the basket and only came away with 16 free throws. Wall hurt his right forearm and had to put a bandage on it and used that as evidence of the physical game and lack of calls.

“I had to get this bandaged up because I’m bleeding and the ref told me ‘that’s not a foul,’” Wall said. “It’s getting out of hand. If you want us to compete at a high level like we’ve been doing – we didn’t lose this game. The refs made us lose this game. We fought hard, we gave ourselves a chance but you don’t shoot no 31 free throws to 16 the way we attack the basket as a team. That’s how I feel about it. I tried to get some (technical fouls) rescinded before, it never works for my favor. Other players have and they got it. So, all I can do is just keep my mouth shut like I’ve been doing. I could see if I would’ve got a flagrant-1 but a technical off of that? That’s outrageous.”

Wall has been named the Eastern Conference player of the month and Eastern Conference player of the week two times, proving that he is one of the better players in the East and the league. Due to this success, Wall has expressed frustration about lesser players getting questionable fouls called on them in crucial situations.

“I’ll give you a prime example. Look at the last play. Shelvin Mack drove and just threw the ball to somebody. That’s a foul? It’s plenty of times guys jump straight up and I never get that call,” Wall said. “It doesn’t make no sense. Certain guys are getting calls that don’t deserve it and it’s the second time me saying this. Fans can say I’m being rude or being disrespectful. I’m not. I’m just being bold with what I feel like our team should be getting credit for because we’re an aggressive team. We’re a good team and we’re not a sorry team. We’re a good team that come out and play hard every night and we deserve certain calls.”

Wall was assessed his 15th technical foul when he ran through a screen and made contact with Jazz’s Rudy Gobert‘s groin. The Wizards may be able to get that taken away due to the rule that a technical foul cannot be called for physical contact when the ball is live.

Wall is tied for second for most in the league for technical fouls. If he gets one more, he will be suspended the next game. He really has to watch his emotions with the playoffs coming in just a few weeks. The Wizards cannot afford to lose their best player in playoff game, because that could decide whether they will move on or go home.

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