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Wall: 'I missed 2 big free throws that cost us the game'


Wall: 'I missed 2 big free throws that cost us the game'

Having gone without a field goal since John Wall's floater with 4:24 left in the game, the Wizards felt comfortable with their franchise player going to the free throw line with 3.8 seconds left and an 82-81 lead over the Toronto Raptors.

The air was sucked out of Verizon Center when he missed both of them, allowing Toronto (11-6) to have the final shot and win it on a three-pointer by Cory Joseph at the buzzer.

"We got some good looks. We just missed some shots. They came down and made some shots then I missed two big free throws that cost us the game at the end," said Wall, who along with Marcin Gortat and Ramon Sessions the only players who stuck around to talk after their fourth loss in a row.

It was one of Wall's worst performances shooting-wise. He took 25 -- seven more than his previous season-high -- and that was 16 more than Bradley Beal. Wall had just 18 points while Beal had 20 on only nine attempts.

The Wizards (6-8) shot 27 of 82 from the field, 33%. 

"I just found shots I thought I could make," Wall said when asked of the high volume shooting. "Had some good looks and they just didn’t fall. But I was comfortable and confident in shooting."

Gortat wouldn't allow Wall to take the responsibility of the loss all on his shoulders. The Wizards did a lot of things wrong down the stretch to squander their 80-72 lead.

"Listen, everybody commits that (mistake). Everybody. People miss shots all the time," said Gortat, who had 16 points and 10 rebounds for his second double-double in three games. "You can’t blame that on John. You can’t put that on him. It’s everybody. ... Plus coaches. It’s everybody’s fault. You can’t put it on one guy with two free throws."

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.


Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."


Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.


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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!