The Wizards are back home, but did not practice Thursday following a gut punch of a loss in Atlanta for Game 5. Head coach Randy Wittman did speak with reporters via conference call.
Primary takeaways following the 82-81 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, which put Washington in a 3-2 hole in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series:
"It was a hard fought game. Turnovers was a thing that plagued us," Wittman stated. "Couple of bad shot selections when we were up nine. (Al) Horford makes a three from the corner in that stretch. We lose (Kyle) Korver, one of the few times we lost him in transition and he hits a three. The nine (point lead) goes to three pretty quick and now (they're) back into the ballgame. Nothing really we looked at and said, "Boy I wish we could have changed that' other than maybe shot selection during that stretch."
Leading 73-64 with under six minutes remaining, the Wizards missed seven straight shots including six jumpers. The Hawks scored 14 straight points for a 76-73 with 2:55 left. As for the turnovers, Washington had 19, six less than Atlanta.
John Wall 's status: Wittman said the All-Star guard is scheduled to have his fractured left hand and wrist evaluated by team doctors later on Thursday. "So far so good. ...After the game everything looked good in terms of no swelling. That was a good sign. ...Right now I'm anticipating he'll be able to play."
Swing of emotions from nearly winning Games 4 and possibly be single victory away from advancing to the Eastern Conference finals to being one loss away from elimination. "You can't dwell on looking back. We're down 3-2. Coming home. We have to worry about one game. That's all we have to worry about right now. That's the game (Friday) night. I think some other teams. We know what we have to do to beat the team. It's now just a matter of going out and being the most consistent team.
Defensive sequence on Al Horford's game-winning putback: "I thought John made a great play on the ball. It was blocked. You had a melee of basically eight guys going to the board and Al is the one the that came down with it. That's basically what happened. ...There's not going to be calls made own the stretch like that. It's every man for himself. ...I thought we stayed home pretty much when they decided to have Schroder go one-on-one against John. John made a good play at that basket to block it. It was a free ball that came down into their hands.
Wall's performance after missing the last three games and minimal practice tie because of the five fractures in his left hand/wrist: "It was incredible. Seriously, if you think back 10 days when he hurt it. You couldn't tell if he had five fingers because it was so swollen to finding five fractures to 10 days later playing a game that he played. That's a credit to (him). I've tried telling you guys...he's the toughest kid I've been around. I think that was evidenced last night. ...Not only just to try to play, but play the way John plays (with) reckless abandon.
"That was our main focus when he and I talked. It wasn't so much him wanting to come back and play. I told John it had to be, not only for his sake but the team's sake, he had to be mentally able to go out there and play recklessly without worrying about anything. I though that's what he did."