John Wall: 'We Love Our Chances' of Forcing Game 7 vs. Raptors After Loss

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2018

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) points during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Washington. The Wizards won 106-98. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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John Wall's Washington Wizards blew a lead in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's 108-98 loss in Game 5 of their first-round series against the Toronto Raptors, but the point guard believes he will have another chance at Air Canada Centre.

"We love our chances," Wall said when asked about Friday's Game 6 in Washington and the possibility of forcing a decisive Game 7 despite facing a 3-2 deficit, per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com. "We're very confident."

The Wizards should be confident considering they've won eight consecutive playoff games at Capital One Arena, two of which came in this series already.

Wall finished with impressive numbers of 26 points, nine assists and nine rebounds, but he also had seven turnovers, two of which came when the Raptors went on a fourth-quarter run to seize control of the contest.

Youngmisuk noted Wall and teammate Bradley Beal—who finished with 20 points—missed eight of their nine attempts from the field in the last nine minutes of Wednesday's loss.

"We felt like we let one slip away," Wall said, per Youngmisuk. "But at the same time, we played aggressive, we just didn't make shots. They made the bigger shots at the end of the game. Other than two or three turnovers, we got all the looks we wanted in the fourth quarter."

The All-Star guard duo will need more support to force a Game 7 considering Kelly Oubre Jr. was the only other Wizards player to score more than 10, and he was just 1-of-7 from deep for 14 points.

Toronto keyed on preventing Wall and Beal from creating open looks for themselves down the stretch, and the strategy gave the Eastern Conference's No. 1 seed a 3-2 lead in the series. DeMar DeRozan also carried the Raptors on the other side with 32 points, while Kyle Lowry added a double-double of 17 points and 10 assists.

The backcourts have battled throughout the series, and the home team has prevailed each time. To hear Wall say it, that will happen again Friday.