Marcin Gortat called the third game of the season a must-win -- they lost 113-103 to the Toronto Raptors in the home opener Wednesday night -- but wasn't around to address the state of the Wizards.
"It's just three games. I don't know why he said it's a must win," said Wall, who was 13 of 19 shooting for a team-high 33 points and 11 assists. "You want to win the home opener but it's not a must win. We got to find a way to get out of this slump and we can't do it with nobody but the 15 guys we have in this locker room and the coaching staff. We'll be alright. We'll be fine. We'll figure it out but we can't get too far behind."
The Wizards (0-3) shot 42 of 72 from the field, or 58.3%, and lived in the paint as Wall shot 13 of 19 and Otto Porter was 11 of 13.
Where they lost the game, however, is with defense and ball security. The Raptors made 43 of 77, or 55.8%, and scored 30 points off of 21 turnovers. Wall had nine of the giveaways.
That neutralized how effective they were in the paint with 68 points on 34 of 43 shooting, or 79%
"Execution. Taking care of the ball. Movement," said Porter when asked about the reasons for their struggles. "Everybody needs to be on the same page. Getting stops. Just playing hard."
Despite Porter's stellar defensive tactics in the first half, DeMar DeRozan erupted for 28 of his game-high 40 points in the second half.
The Wizards gave up 114 and 112 points in their first two losses on the road. Until they bring that down to sub-100 as they did in playoff seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15, wins are going to be difficult to come by.
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