The trip concluded with a loss to Golden State as Bradley Beal missed his second straight game after aggravating a sprained left ankle in Phoenix and Trevor Ariza sat with the flu.
Before his emotional outburst after Thompson knocked him to the ground twice in a span of 11 seconds of the Wizards’ 101-92 loss, Wall had compiled some impressive stats for the second week in a row but was upset that his team didn’t head home for Monday’s game against Memphis at Verizon Center with better than a 2-2 split.
“I feel like we could have went 4-0, really,” Wall said. “We let the game slip away in Charlotte and then I let the team down for getting ejected. So it was an opportunity to go 4-0 or finish 3-1, but it was a pretty good trip.”
The Wizards (25-44) will host the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night and attempt to extend their home winning streak to six games. The contest might feel like an extension of the trip, with the team set to hit the road again for games against Oklahoma City and Orlando.
Beal’s availability for any of those games remains in doubt after the rookie shooting guard took another ugly spill while trying to contest a layup in the fourth quarter of an 88-79 win over the Suns. Since suffering the original ankle injury on March 3 against Philadelphia, Beal has missed eight of the past 11 games. But Wizards Coach Randy Wittman said the team isn’t in a rush to alter the 15-man roster. Leandro Barbosa, who was acquired from Boston in the Jordan Crawford trade, is out for the season with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament and could be waived to create a spot.
“We thought he was close to coming back and we didn’t do anything and he came back,” Wittman said of Beal. “Now we’ve got to get a gauge of if this thing is progressing, like we did last time, with each day being an improvement and we’ll probably stay status quo.”
After Beal went down in Phoenix, Wall led the Wizards down the stretch. He made three huge jumpers and handed out two assists in the fourth quarter of a win that snapped a five-game road losing streak and gave the Wizards their first win at US Airways Center since Dec. 22, 2006.
Two nights later, Wall had his most complete game of the season, posting 24 points, a career-high 16 assists, six rebounds and three steals to lead the Wizards back from an 18-point deficit to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers, 103-100.