INDIANAPOLIS -- Other than a lob pass to Marcin Gortat for a dunk coming out of a timeout down the stretch, the Wizards' offense didn't look good in a Game 2 loss to the Indiana Pacers. John Wall quickly took the blame.
"I think so," Wall said if he felt he'd lost the game for a pair of late three-point attempts in a 86-82 defeat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday. "The criticism is going to be on me whether we win or lose. I take the blame. That's what I'm supposed to do as a point guard."
Wall explained his rationale for what he did, despite shooting 2-for-13 overall and 0-for-4 from distance.
"You go off your instincts. I think one of the best shots in basketball, unless you've got a lead and you try to run clock, is a kick-out three off an offensive rebound. That's one of the best shots," he said. "It's a shot I took most of the season. Sometimes they go in. Sometimes they don't. We still gave ourselves a chance to win down the stretch. We just didn't make plays."
Gortat had rebounded a missed jumper from Bradley Beal with the Wizards down 82-79 with 2:29 left. Wall missed. Beal was 7-for-15 overall but just 2-for-6 from three. Trevor Ariza, who made all six three-point shots he attempted in Game 1, was just 2-for-8 overall, 2-for-7 from three.
The Pacers missed three shots in a row, but Wall missed another three-pointer that came as a result of an offensive rebound by Ariza.
Gortat didn't believe the drought had anything to do with the defense they faced from Indiana.
"I think we get a little too hot at the end. I think we (should) just hold the ball, set up a play ... make sure we come up with a good shot," Gortat said. "Unfortunately, we took a few wild shots. They punished us for that. We had a few turnovers. That's how you lose the game. In the playoffs on that kind of level you have to respect that you have the ball for the last minute of the game and turn each possession into a basket. It was more on our side than their defense."
It's not just for this game that Wall was off the mark. He's 34-for-104, or 32.6%, in seven playoff games.