Washington's 117-108 road loss to Boston on Wednesday night was chippy throughout, a continuation of the same type of intensity we saw between the two teams when they met earlier this season.
That culminated in an on-court scene postgame when Celtics forward Jae Crowder began exchanging words with Wizards point guard John Wall.
An exchange that began with Wall smiling ended with Crowder poking a finger in Wall's face and Wall retaliating with an open-handed swing before the two were separated by teammates.
Asked in the locker room if Crowder was the one who confronted him, the Wizards point guard explained.
"Yeah. I was just standing there -- just standing there," he said. "I had just said, 'What up?' to [Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas] and then I was walking back toward my locker room."
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The 113-110 win over the New York Knicks might've ended differently for the Wizards if game officials had assessed a technical foul for assistant coach Sidney Lowe with 7.6 seconds left, according to the last-two minute report released Friday.
The Knicks inbounded the ball to Carmelo Anthony wtih 13.7 seconds left and were attempting to send the game into overtime. As Anthony drove on Markieff Morris, he kicked to Courtney Lee for a three-pointer in the corner. Kelly Oubre was closing him out strong and the play broke down.
They didn't end up getting off a shot as Brandon Jennings turned over the ball and Bradley Beal ran out the clock. John Wall did not foul Jennings on the strip of the ball.
According to the L2M report, it was an incorrect no-call by the officiating crew of Brent Barnaky, Bill Kennedy and Gary Zielinski. Lowe was standing to the left of Barnaky as the play unfoled in front of Washington's bench.
The league also concluded that Lee picked up his pivot foot on his move and it should've been ruled a traveling violation and that at 1:44 Anthony camped out in the lane more than three seconds when defended by Oubre. Instead, Anthony was able to get an offensive rebound on the play amd draw a foul. He made 1 of 2 foul shots because of the oversight to trim the Wizards' lead to 109-108.
When Wall grabbed a rebound of Anthony's miss with the Wizards up 111-110, he took the rebound and went end-to-end for a dunk that shouldn't have counted. The reason? Wall, who has been dealing with a right pinkie injury and a bad left wrist, touched the ball with both hands on the final dribble before he elevated to dunk. In real time and depending on the camera angle, it's difficult to pick up in real time.
Fines are immiment.
The NBA has handed out fines following the incidents.
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For the first time in NBA history, current players were allowed to cast their votes for the all-star game, and their votes accounted for 25 percent of the total vote.
You would think that just about every player in the league would mark LeBron James or Kevin Durant's name on their 2017 NBA All-Star Game ballot, as both are former MVPs still in their prime. But incredibly out of the 324 players who voted, 128 players didn't vote for James, and 154 players didn't vote for Durant.
They both ended up making it, but Thunder star Russell Westbrook was beaten out for a spot in the Western Conference starting lineup by guards Steph Curry from the Golden State Warriors and James Harden of the Houston Rockets. The West starting lineup is rounded out by Warriors forward Durant, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Pelicans forward Anthony Davis.
Westbrook being left out of the starting lineup caused plenty of reaction from fellow athletes:
Here's to hoping that Westbrook goes off for a triple-double in the all-star game off the bench to stick it to those who didn't think he should be a starter.
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