John Wall Bumps Into Ref, Gets Ejected

Bryan Brandom
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Despite playoff hopes in the offseason, the Washington Wizards find themselves fighting to stay above the Philadelphia 76ers on the stairs to the Eastern Conference basement.

A quick glance at the numbers on both sides of the ball explain why they're 1-5: The Wizards are surrendering the second-highest field goal percentage and highest three-point percentage in the league, and are themselves shooting in the bottom third of the league in both categores.

Don't blame star point guard John Wall, however, who's posting career highs in field goal percentage (46.7 percent), points (21.8), and steals (2.4), though he's also turning the ball over an alarming 5.4 times per game. Thankfully for him, he didn't have to stay and watch the end of their latest loss, a 114-106 defeat at the hands of James Harden and the Houston Rockets—even if he had to leave under questionable circumstances.

During a dead ball, with a technical foul already under his belt, Wall walked past official Marc Davis and bumped him. Wall was hit with his second technical, which means an automatic ejection.

My first impression after watching this was injustice. It looked as if Wall walked past Davis just as the ref extended his arms to signal timeout.

But upon further review, this guy definitely knew what he was doing.


After the game, Davis explained the second tech.

“For inappropriate language and using vulgarity toward a game official," he said. "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.”

Yeah, that'll do it.


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