Wizards’ John Wall on forcing a Game 7: ‘We’re very confident’

After relinquishing a five-point fourth-quarter lead on the road in Wednesday’s Game 5, John Wall said the Washington Wizards still are extremely confident that they’ll force a Game 7 and be back in Toronto on Sunday.

A buzzer-beater. A 25-point comeback. A team moving on to the second round. Wednesday’s NBA playoff action had everything, and we have it all here.

“We love our chances,” Wall said when asked how he likes the Wizards’ odds of winning Friday’s Game 6 at home against the Raptors and returning to Canada. “We’re very confident.”

“We’ve been down 2-0 before, so I don’t think being down 3-2 when we are going home is anything psychologically draining,” Oubre said.

“Y’all have seen how we play when our backs are against the wall.”

Gronkowski, who turns 29 on May 14, earned All-Pro honors in 2017 as he bounced back from a season in which he was limited to eight regular-season games in 2016 and underwent back surgery. He led the Patriots with 69 receptions, which went for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns.

He missed two games in the regular season — one because of a thigh injury and one due to NFL suspension — and was knocked out of the AFC Championship Game with a concussion.
His health might have been on his mind after Super Bowl LII when he was asked about possibly retiring.

“I don’t know how you heard that, but I mean, I’m definitely going to look at my future, for sure,” Gronkowski said moments after the Patriots lost to the Philadelphia Eagles. “I’m going to sit down in the next couple of weeks and see where I’m at.”

When asked that day what would make him retire, Gronkowski said, “I’m not ready for these types of questions right now. I mean, I’m just going to sit down, reflect on the season, keep talking to my teammates … and just see what happens.”

Gronkowski, who has undergone three back surgeries in his career, in addition to procedures on his knee and forearm, said after the Super Bowl that concussions would not be the reason for him to retire.

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