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John Wall wants to use his forgetful game seven display in Boston as motivation

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The Washington Wizards enjoyed their best season since the 1970s last year as they made it to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. 

They were eventually beaten in game seven of a gruelling series by the Boston Celtics and came agonisingly close to reaching the Conference Finals. 

Things could have been different for the Wizards if star player John Wall had put in the sort of performance we saw so frequently saw throughout the regular season and playoffs. 

Instead, the All-Star point guard endured one of the worst games of his career as he missed his final 11 shots and went ice cold on the offensive end. 

Fatigue played a big part in Wall's struggles as he led the team throughout the campaign and played extended minutes in the postseason. 

However, the 26-year-old has no regrets over his game seven performance and instead wants to use it as motivation to come back better next season. 

"In the third quarter, like three minutes in, I asked coach for a sub and he was like 'no, you've gotta play.' I was like 'oh s---.' This is gonna be a long night for me," Wall said.

Washington Wizards v Boston Celtics - Game Seven

"Game seven was not the way we wanted it to end, but I definitely went out swinging. I didn't go 0-for-0. I went 0-for-11. I shot the ball and played the game I wanted to play. At least I wasn't being passive. I was aggressive like I was the whole playoffs. I can deal with losing that way and use that as motivation for this season coming up."

After the game, Celtics guard Marcus Smart said Wall's "legs were gone" and the Boston coaching staff was pointing it out all game. 

But the Wizards were getting very little production from their bench - they scored just five points - and as it was an elimination game, coach Brooks couldn't afford to sit his star players for long. 

"Going into that game, it was either you move on and you advance or you stay home," Brooks said. "So, I was going into the game knowing he was going to play high minutes, probably not the 24 straight in the second half. 

Washington Wizards v Boston Celtics - Game Seven

"But I look back at it with no regrets. I look back at it like we were right there with the number one seed in the East on their court. I thought we had about four or five minutes of not-good basketball that probably cost us the game."

The Wizards gave the Celtics a run for their money and had their opportunities, but with Wall now signing a supermax extension and committing his long term future to D.C., he will make it his mission to get the franchise over the line and competing for championships.

Topics:
Washington Wizards
Southeast Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
John Wall
Otto Porter Jr.
Bradley Beal

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