Wake-up call: Gortat raises bar for Wizards in next round

Wake-up call: Gortat raises bar for Wizards in next round
May 3, 2014, 6:00 am
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At some point today, the Wizards will learn their second-round opponent and who they'll be facing in Game 1 Monday. The only question is the location, Verizon Center vs. the Atlanta Hawks or at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for the Indiana Pacers. To Marcin Gortat, it truly doesn't matter if they can replicate their first-round showing vs. the Chicago Bulls.

"Whoever we're going to play we still got a big chance to beat them. We feel confident it's going to come down to playing hard, playing more physical and just playing our basketball -- best basketball ever," said Gortat, after his Wizards eliminated the Bulls in five games earlier in the week. "We have a good team. We're getting better and better.

"If we're going to continue to play hard, if we're going to continue to play so physical, having defensive pressure, each one of us continue to play well, there's no way they can match with us."

They, meaning Hawks or Pacers who play Game 7 in Indianapolis today. 

Leave it to Gortat, who predicted when the Wizards were 9-9 that they could be a 50-win team, to raise the bar. He wasn't far off the mark. The Wizards did win 44 regular-season games despite Nene missing 21 games and being on a minutes restriction when he returned April 9. 

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