John Wall's breakout season hit a speedbump Thursday, after the NBA fined the Wizards guard $15,000. (Isaac Baldizon/Getty)
The NBA announced Thursday that Washington Wizards guard John Wall was fined $15,000 for "directing inappropriate comments" towards officials following the Wizards' loss to the Bobcats Wednesday.
J. Michael of CSNWashington.com reported that Wall was upset about officiating during Wednesday night's Wizards loss to the Bobcats. From Michael's report:
On what turned out to be a game-changing play, Wall was whistled for fouling Kemba Walker on a three-point attempt with the shot clock about to expire. At best, based on replays, the contact was minimal.
"I didn't touch him. All he did was scream," Wall said. "The ref gave him calls all night because he was screaming."
The Wizards (33-31) were called for 22 fouls, twice as many as the Bobcats (31-34) who only had two at halftime -- none among their starters.
Wall has been disappointed over what he views as inconsistent officiating, according to Michael, as the former No. 1 overall draft pick has not drawn as many fouls as he feels he deserves when he drives to the basket.
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Even though he criticized the officials after Wednesday's game, he still said that refereeing was "not the reason why we lost."
Wall has been experiencing a breakout season, making his first All-Star Game appearance and averaging 19.6 points, 8.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game, all career highs. Washington is 33-31 and the current sixth seed in the East, poised to make the playoffs for the first time since Wall was drafted.