Washington Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal said Tuesday that the Toronto Raptors played particularly physical in Sunday’s Game 1 win over the Wizards and the referees were too picky with their whistles.
Wall told reporters during Tuesday’s shootaround that he “wasn’t looking” to draw contact or fouls in Game 1, but said, “I just felt like when I got to the basket at times, I felt like I got fouled.
“…There is always something new when it comes to [officiating] me, and then I watch other games and [other] guys get the same type of calls. Like, I watched the game yesterday, a ref [who] had reffed our game that reffed [another playoff game] yesterday was calling so much ticky-tack [fouls]. There’s nothing I can control about that. For me as a basketball player, I don’t make excuses, just got to do a better job of finishing plays.”
Wall finished the 114-106 defeat with 23 points and 15 assists while shooting 6-of-20 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line.
Beal, who scored 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting while attempting just one foul shot, emphasized the Raptors’ overly physical style of play, which he says he’ll be more prepared for in Game 2 on Tuesday night.
“They hold and grab a lot,” he said. “That is something that will be a different story tonight. Just making sure that I am constantly moving, making them tired, especially when they put Kyle [Lowry] on me, just tire him out as much as possible.
“…They did a good job of switching bodies on me and putting bigger guys on me and switching up and putting Kyle on me. …But I watched film, and I think I got some counters.”
Likewise, Wall is focusing on preventing the officiating from being a factor in Game 2.
“Me as a player, I got to do a better job of not worrying about fouls and contact and just try to finish my plays like I usually do in the past,” he said.
The Wizards were whistled for 21 fouls in Game 1, with 18 fouls called against the Raptors. Toronto shot two more free throws (20 to 18) than Washington, with both teams making 16.
Game 2 tips at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday in Toronto.
–Field Level Media