Klay Thompson Responds to Beef with John Wall

The Warriors caught the break of the night, perhaps, when Washington point guard John Wall was ejected midway through the third quarter. He picked up his second technical foul after taunting Golden State guard Klay Thompson (as seen and heard in this video).

THOMPSON: “I think he was just frustrated. I didn’t think it was that big of a deal, though. I know John. I’ve played with him. In that moment, I understand. You’re frustrated. After you get fouled hard, then the next play you think you get fouled hard again. He’s competitive. He let his emotions get the best of them.”

It began on a fast break moments earlier. A Curry turnover led to a break-away by Wall. Thompson fouled Wall to prevent the layup and Wall landed hard, sliding into the stanchion.

On the Warriors’ ensuing offensive possession, Wall was pressuring Thompson near the sidelines. Thompson was trying to receive a pass from Curry and an aggressive Wall knocked it out of bounds. In the process, Thompson gave Wall a little forearm shove, knocking him to the ground. It wasn’t called.

While the Warriors inbounded the ball, Wall began barking at Thompson as the two walked to the other side of the court. Wall said he would knock Thompson out and dared him to drive to the basket.

THOMPSON: “I would’ve been unhappy, too. But I’m not trying to get kicked out. It is what it is.”

The officials intervened as Wall’s jawing continued. Both were slapped with technical fouls (though replay shows Thompson did not respond). Wall had picked up a technical foul in the first quarter for arguing with the officials over a David Lee screen. So with his second technical, he was disqualified.

WALL: “Calls weren’t going our way. They got a little too physical. We had some words back and forth and I got my second tech. … We had a chance to win this game. I just let them down. I let the team down getting ejected.”


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  • Zak

    He ought get fined for flopping on top of it. There’s no way Thompson’s light push after the ball was out (why it wasn’t a foul) caused Wall to fall on his A like that. Chump maneuver all the way around.

  • Grey Warden

    If you look at the CSN video, after Wall repeatedly says he will knock Klay’s “bum” out, you can see Klay saying something to Wall (while not looking at him), but obviously the mic wasn’t aimed towards him, and thus the reason we couldn’t hear what he said.

  • a42

    As much as I hate when refs do it, the T on Klay might have been to prevent any retaliation from the Wizards. One of those things to make it look less one sided so a different Wizard player doesn’t go and take a shot at Klay later. But judging only from the video Klay did nothing to earn a T, and was the consummate professional as Wall jawed at him.

  • whoRu

    A42, Agreed…I wonder if Klay’s parents are going to fine him for this one too

  • Niners in 2012

    John Wall acted like a spoiled kid who wasn’t getting his way. Wall hasn’t accomplished ANYTHING in this league yet. So far his most recognizable moment was doing the dougie during the starting lineups in his debut.

  • Youareallhaters

    First of all, saying John hasn’t accomplished anything is wrong because he was player of the week just last week which is an accomplishment in itself as he beat out lebron. Second John got hit very hard on the foul before which could have gotten him injured making it understandable that he was angry

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