The Bucks' win in Washington took a late turn for the testy when a hard foul on Monta Ellis led to the ejection of both Bradley Beal and Brandon Jennings.
As far as fracases go, this wasn't exactly one for the ages.
Considering the circumstances, Bradley Beal's foul on Monta Ellis with under a minute remaining in last night's 101-91 Milwaukee win was nothing if not unnecessary--down nine, the Wizards weren't coming back no matter what Beal did in that position, and Ellis was in a vulnerable position as he went up to finish on the break. Thankfully Ellis bounced right back up from his fall, and Beal's foul was also fairly mild as far as flagrants go. Ill-conceived and clumsy, but hardly vicious.
Jennings' shove was similarly unconstructive, but in the spirit of sticking up for your teammates you can't really blame him either. This certainly won't hurt Jennings in the locker room, as the post-game "us vs. them" talk indicated. All told I'm not sure either Beal or Ellis deserved their ejections, but at that stage of the game the referees probably just wanted to defuse the situation and get the game over with.
As Steve noted in the recap, the crew at Bullets Forever collected a number of quotes from Ellis, Jennings and Beal about the entire incident after the game:
On the foul: Beal: "I went for the ball."
Jennings: "With 30-some seconds left, I know a team never wants to give up an easy basket, but in that type of situation I feel like you should just wrap the guy up instead of just pushing him or fouling him once he's in the air."
Ellis: "He just fouled me hard."
On Jennings's reaction: Beal: "I guess [Jennings] was defending his teammate, I guess, so he came up and pushed me. It's just all part of basketball. It gets physical. I mean, it is what it is. I just have to deal with it."
Jennings: "I was just trying to protect my teammate. I didn't think I was going to get kicked out for it.... when you see a nasty fall, your first [instinct] is 'Watch out, everyone get out of the way.'"
Ellis: "That's what a teammate is supposed to do. It was a great job. That's what we gotta do. We gotta make our mark. If somebody foul us like that, we gotta react."
Long story short: Ellis seemed OK, no one seemed to be completely overreacting afterwards, and the Bucks probably feel a little better about each other for the way Jennings stuck up for Ellis. Assuming no one is suspended--and they shouldn't be--it's time for the Bucks to take the win and move on.