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John Wall, Scott Brooks look back on Game 7 loss to Celtics with no regrets

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John Wall, Scott Brooks look back on Game 7 loss to Celtics with no regrets

The Wizards' Game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics in the second round of the playoffs back in May, the final defeat that ended the best season for the franchise since the 1970s, remains fresh on the minds of star point guard John Wall and head coach Scott Brooks, though months have passed. Wall has suggested several times this offseason that his fourth quarter fatigue against Boston is a point of motivation as he trains for this upcoming season.

Now that hindsight has set in, both Wall and Brooks looked back at Game 7 on the day Wall's new supermax contract was announced earlier this month. The prevailing takeaway was that yes, Wall was tired but they feel good about the effort they put forth.

"In the third quarter, like three minutes in, I asked coach for a sub and he was like 'no, you've gotta play.' I was like 'oh s---.' This is gonna be a long night for me," Wall said. 

"Game 7 was not the way we wanted it to end, but I definitely went out swinging. I didn't go 0-for-0. I went 0-for-11. I shot the ball and played the game I wanted to play. At least I wasn't being passive. I was aggressive like I was the whole playoffs. I can deal with losing that way and use that as motivation for this season coming up."

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Wall played 44 minutes that night and missed his final 11 shots, many of them jumpers from the outside with little lift from his legs. After the game, Celtics guard Marcus Smart said Walls "legs were gone" and that Boston's coaching staff was pointing it out all game.

Meanwhile, the Wizards' bench only scored five points and backup point guard Brandon Jennings played just five minutes. Brooks explained his decision to rely on Wall as heavily as he did.

"Going into that game, it was either you move on and you advance or you stay home. So, I was going into the game knowing he was going to play high minutes, probably not the 24 straight in the second half. But I look back at it with no regrets. I look back at it like we were right there with the No. 1 seed in the East on their court. I thought we had about four or five minutes of not-good basketball that probably cost us the game," Brooks said.

The Wizards will have to wait another eight months until the 2018 playoffs begin. They expect to be back there and hope to move past the second round for the first time since Wall was drafted in 2010. They are excited about the opportunity, knowing they were so close this spring.

"We're right there. We were in it in Game 7," Wall said. "We had Game 1 and Game 2 won, we just let those games slip. We know what it takes to win. We just gotta get over that hump."

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Celtics' Isaiah Thomas not yet in the clear with hip injury, will get tests next month

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Celtics' Isaiah Thomas not yet in the clear with hip injury, will get tests next month

Isaiah Thomas was shut down by the Celtics during the Eastern Conference Finals due to an impingement and labral tear in his right hip, an injury that did not require surgery, just rest. In a few weeks the Celtics hope to know more about his timeline to recovery.

Thomas evidently isn't quite in the clear despite three months having passed. According to Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, Boston will run more tests on Thomas' hip in early September.

Here is what Stevens said on The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix, as transcribed by CSN NE:

“He has another follow-up and another scan in the early part of September when he arrives back here out east, and from there we will know an exact timeline," Stevens said. "Obviously, it’s been a lot of appropriate rest, a lot of rehab. There have been some good strides here certainly in the last month or few weeks, but we’re not going to know that until after that early September timeframe... Ultimately, obviously you want to go into every season 110 percent healthy and we’ll find out where we stand with everybody, but more so you want what’s best for him.”

Thomas doesn't need to rush into anything and he has extra incentive to take things slowly. This is the final year of his contract and he's already stated he is gunning for a max deal next summer.

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VIDEO: John Wall put on a show in James Harden's charity basketball game

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VIDEO: John Wall put on a show in James Harden's charity basketball game

John Wall was back on the court this weekend playing in James Harden's charity basketball game down in Houston at Rice University and once again put on a show like he did weeks ago in the Miami Pro League.

This time Wall and Harden were joined by Chris Paul, who is now Harden's teammate on the Rockets. The trio combined to make a highlight video that quickly blew up on social media:

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Here is the full video courtesy of BallisLife.com:

Some of Wall's best highlights are on defense when he's guarding Paul. It's not often you see that in these types of videos.

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