Here's your recap roundup for the Wizards' 101-92 loss to the Warriors, in which John Wall got ejected and Cartier Martin, forced into extensive duty with Bradley Beal and Trevor Ariza sidelined, had his best game of the season. For more coverage, check out our StoryStream.
At some point, the lack of healthy bodies and grueling schedule were going to lead to a dud performance for the Washington Wizards. The team has been losing players and still winning games, but couldn't avoid a 101-92 loss on Saturday against the Golden State Warriors after John Wall, the catalyst for much of their success, was tossed after picking up his second technical foul for threatening Klay Thompson in the third quarter at Oracle Arena.
After getting bumped to his backside and sliding on the hardwood, Wall quickly hopped up and circled Thompson's direction, ignoring teammate Emeka Okafor's attempts to get him to calm down. Wall had taken a hit to the noggin from Thompson while trying a layup on the previous possession. So as he approached Thompson, Wall shouted, "Go to the basket and I swear to God, I'll knock your...out."
A 15-5 run by the Wizards to start the third quarter trimmed the deficit to 65-55, but PG John Wall came unhinged after consecutive plays by Warriors SG Klay Thompson that were exceptionally physical. Wall, who received a technical foul in the first quarter for complaining about an illegal screen by Lee, was hit with another for verbally taunting Thompson. Golden State quickly ran the lead up to 74-57 with Wall out.
''We had a chance to win this game and my actions let (the team) down,'' Wall said. ''. The calls weren't going our way. (The Warriors) got a little too physical. We had some words back and forth, and I got my second technical.''
The Wizards would start to cut into that lead in the second half, but things took a turn for the worse midway through the third quarter when John Wall was ejected after picking up his second technical foul of the game. Wall had been shoved down multiple times by the Warriors' Klay Thompson and then had some words for the opposing guard which caused for double technicals and the end of Wall's night. He finished the game with 14 points, three rebounds, and three assists.
While this could have been the time of the game to mail it in, the Wizards did battle the rest of the way. It was the second unit who would bring the Wizards as close to within seven in the fourth quarter, thanks to a career-high 23 points and six made three-pointers from Cartier Martin, but ultimately they did not have enough to come all the way back and they dropped the final game of the road trip.
As for the game itself, the Wizards were undermanned yet again, with not only Bradley Beal on the shelf, but Trevor Ariza also sat out. Apparently, Emeka Okafor's germs transmitted over to Ariza, who was inactive with the flu. This was particularly tough after Ariza had a career game just the night before against the Lakers. In the end, Ariza's absence was of no help to the Wizards tonight who were outlasted by Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. The two combined for nine 3's, six of which came from Curry, who was knocking them down from which way ever, whether it was off (illegal) screens or in transition. He finished with 35.
The Wizards hung tough, though. With Randy Wittman having to scrape the bottom of his depleted roster, the fellas he put on the floor never quit. Cartier Martin was particularly hot, knocking down six 3-pointers, a career high.
It was your typical blowout game, right? This one was a little different, actually. The third quarter started dreadfully, and the Wizards continued to cut the lead down. It was a 10 point game when the biggest call of the contest occurred. Because of a little scuffle with Klay Thompson, John Wall picked up his second technical and was thrown out. He reportedly said that he was going to ‘KO' Klay Thompson. Can't do that.
As well as Curry shot it, Golden State benefitted greatly from a third-quarter ejection of Washington point guard John Wall, whom the team has struggled without all year. Wall didn't take kindly to a hard foul from Klay Thompson while driving to the basket, then continued to jaw in Thompson's ear on the other end.
Referee Gary Zielinksi saw enough and issued a double techincal, which resulted in Wall's ejection. He picked up his first techinical foul with 5:38 left in the first quarter. Headed into Saturday, the Wizards (25-44) were 20-15 with Wall in the lineup and 5-28 without.
There's a one-of-a-kind, life-sapping gasp that comes from the Oracle Arena crowd when Stephen Curry rolls his twice surgically repaired right ankle.
And when they saw the slow-motion version of Curry's ankle give out and the point guard slap the court in a mixture of pain and disgust, not even the Warriors' 101-92 victory over Washington could bring life back to the arena.
Curry, who had game-highs with 35 points and eight assists, rolled his right ankle on a fast break midway through the fourth quarter. He was taken to the locker room and didn't finish the game.
"I'm fine," Curry said after the game, his right foot in the usual bucket of ice. "Don't worry about my ankle. It's just another episode. I'll get through it like I usually do. I've just got to get my treatment."
Curry ran the show, pushing the ball and making some spectacular passes on the break. The game in the first half had the special feel of his New York explosion, when everyone expected him to make every shot, no matter how difficult. The team worked hard to get him additional looks, with mixed success (a few were waved off for illegal screens). Given the blowout-in-the-making status when he left in the third, it's unlikely he would have made it to 50, but he was the best player on the floor by a wide margin. He's playing with a visible edge and intensity which seems to spark his teammates. All of this makes his loss - if only for a game or two - all the more damaging.