It's tough to get the respect of the referees in the NBA when you have one of the worst records in the league. The Wizards saw that first-hand in a 109-103 loss at Orlando Wednesday night, dropping D.C.'s record to 4-18.
Orlando made 30 of 39 free throw attempts, while the Wizards attempted just nine and made seven of them. Dwight Howard attempted and made more free throws all by himself than the Wizards, going 11-16 from the line. The Wizards committed 28 fouls, while Orlando was whistled for just 10.
"It's hard to win a game 39 free throws to nine, let alone be in a game," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. "Right now, they are not getting the respect but that will come. If we keep playing as hard as we have night in, night out, we will eventually get calls."
Wizards second-year guard John Wall was clearly frustrated not getting calls from the refs, as on several drives to the basket he appeared to draw contact but no foul was whistled. Wall was 1-12 from the field with zero free throw attempts, but he did have ten assists, seven rebounds, one block and just three turnovers.
"We've got nine guys under rookie contracts, Wittman said. Right now they're not getting the respect. That'll come."
Guard Nick Young came on strong to score 24 points and keep the Wizards in it, but it was too little, too late.
Refs seen some things we didnt," Young said. "It just didnt go our way.
The Wizards visit Toronto Saturday night. Washington has lost 48 of its last 52 games on the road.