The Washington Wizards are going to return to the postseason once the regular season concludes, but they are certainly not finishing strong. With 11 games to play, the Wizards have lost four of their last five games.
The Wizards most recently were defeated 99-93 by the Phoenix Suns, but they were being blown out for a majority of the game.
According to J. Michael of CSN Washington, Wizards’ center Marcin Gortat, like some of his teammates, is questioning the Wizards’ mental makeup.
“Embarrassing,” said Gortat, who clearly was choosing his words carefully. “Nobody expected we’re going to play like that. We just didn’t perform.”
Those comments led to this question from me, using Harrington’s Feb. 8 comments — said in a constructively critical fashion, mind you — as a springboard to whether Gortat believes that observation still holds true based on how the Wizards have performed down the stretch.
“Oh, yeah. He’s a veteran,” Gortat said. “He’s definitely a smart guy. Bright guy. I will stand behind his words. Sometimes we just show that mentally we’re weak and just not competing. That’s it.”
Gortat is averaging 12.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.