Often when the Wizards are mired in a slump like this, John Wall is one of the few players who sticks around and looks into the cameras and microphones. While it's true he's the leader and the franchise player and that's part of his job, it doesn't seem fair that he always has to answer for everyone's faults.
He'd just shot 6-for-25, but more important than that he missed two free throws with five seconds left that could've given the Wizards a three-point cushion against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. Instead, he missed both. Had he made them, no one would be talking about the rest.
The Wizards (6-8) have lost four games in a row and only Wall, Marcin Gortat and Ramon Sessions stuck around to explain what happened and why.
"It's not really difficult for me. I just try to be aggressive and get to the free throw line," said Wall, who was 5 of 8 on his trips. "I got more looks than I probably had in the last couple of games. I just didn't make shots.
Wall had 18 points and just five assists. It was by far the most shot attempts for him this season, his previous high being 18 (twice).
It just wasn't about this game. Shots haven't been falling for Wall or hardly any of his teammates, either. In his last four games, Wall is 21-for-63, or 33.3%., including 6 of 17 on threes for 35.2%.
Against Toronto, the Wizards shot 27 of 82 for 33%, too, and only made 7 of 23 from long range for 30.4%.
"You can kind of deal with this with the way we competed. That’s the most important thing," Wall said after the 84-82 loss that was preceded by three loses by an average of 21 points. "The last three games we lost we weren't competing and getting blown out. This is the way we have to play if we want to win games in this league."
Last season, when the Wizards were in a slump in which they lost 12 of 15 games, Wall always made himself available to talk about what took place. Granted, it's uncomfortable for a team that knows its performing badly and it's understandable that some need their space to decompress.
But if it's true that a team wins and loses together, Wall shouldn't be on this island virtually by himself.