John Wall hasn't been enjoying his basketball lately.
After being hit with a $25,000 fine from the NBA for “inappropriate interaction with a game official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection” in the final minute of Monday’s loss to the Houston Rockets, Wall didn't fare much better during the 118-93 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday evening either.
The point guard was once again ejected, this time for an altercation with Celtics man Marcus Smart.
Midway through the fourth quarter - of a game his team led by 20 points no less - Wall levelled Smart with a less-than-subtle clothesline in the backcourt that the officials ruled a Flagrant Foul 2.
Like any flagrant foul, the league will review the incident and Wall could be in for another fine or even a suspension.
Wall insisted his fingers were getting stepped on by Boston's Avery Bradley during the game and he wasn't getting any calls, which prompted him to take action.
“Just getting frustrated,” he said, via CSN Mid-Atlantic. “My finger was bleeding the whole game. Got stepped on on purpose. Drove to the basket a couple times, didn’t get calls. The play before I (drove) and got smacked right across the face. On my ear. So I just let my frustration get the best of me.”
Smart, for what it is worth, thinks the fact that he stood up to Wall is what got to him the most.
“He made a hard foul and I didn’t take too fond of it,” said Smart, via MassLive.com. “So I let him know what I had to say. I ain’t backing down from nobody and that’s going to be understood from here on out. I don’t know what he thought but I think he got the message.”
However, Wall sees the incident as a matter of pride and wants to use it as a message for the rest of the league.
“They’ll find time to respect me,” Wall insisted.
He is already halfway to the six Flagrant Fouls needed to warrant a one-game ban, and it remains to be seen whether that is the best way to garner respect or not.
The 26-year-old actually put up 19 points in the Wizards' second victory of the season, and it was only the second time this season in six attempts he has registered below 20 points.
So is there a deeper meaning to Wall's recent outbursts?
Speculation continues to rage that Wall has a difficult relationship with his backcourt partner Bradley Beal, and with the Wizards sitting second from bottom in the Eastern Conference with a record of 2-5, things are not going well for the franchise in the capital of the U.S.
As the number one overall pick in 2010, one could argue that he is the most disappointing top selection not named Anthony Bennett in the past nine drafts.
Wall averages 18.1 points and nine assists a night throughout his career, but his ability is not translating to much for the Wizards and his career thus far is totally bereft of any landmarks.
Especially when you consider Kyrie Irving, drafted one year later at number one, is now an NBA champion and Olympic gold medallist.
Is Wall's frustration boiling over? This season will tell us all we need to know.