(SP) – The Washington Wizards dropped Game 7 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series against the Boston Celtics on Monday night, ending their quest to get completely annihilated in the Conference Finals by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“This is the kind of loss that stays with you because we were so close,” said Wizards point guard John Wall. “I may never get over this one, because now we’ll never know how badly the Cavs would have killed us. It’s tough.”

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said there were a lot of disappointed players in the postgame locker room following Game 7.

“The guys were upset. They feel like losers right now,” he said. “They didn’t expect to feel like this for four or maybe somehow five more games. They don’t know how to react.”

Wall said his team will learn from this defeat and come back stronger next year.

“Mark my words, we’re done getting knocked out in the 2nd Round,” he said. “Starting next year we achieve our potential of always being the second-best team in the NBA’s inferior conference.”

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