If it is true that a coach learns the most about his team in the final minutes of a close game, Wizards coach Randy Wittman discovered Saturday night just how much he misses John Wall and Nene.

"I'm searching to find a go-to guy in that situation," Wittman said after Saturday night's 89-86 loss to the Boston Celtics, "and we just don't have that right now."

Trailing by one point with 2:35 to play, the Wizards had three chances to win the game.

On the first, Cartier Martin had a pass stolen by Paul Pierce

On the second, Kevin Seraphin turned the ball over.

And on the third, Martell Webster hoisted an off-balance 3-pointer that clanged off the rim.

"Listen, a lot of these guys haven't been put in a position to be in the game at the last second," Wittman said. "It's a process of learning."

His players aren't buying it, saying they all need to become go-to guys in the absence of their two biggest stars.