After the Wizards won their fourth consecutive road game of the postseason to take a one to none lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Indiana Pacers, Marcin Gortat wanted to keep the victory in perspective.
“It’s fun, but it’s just the beginning,” Gortat said. “Don’t get excited. It was just one game. This series might go different ways. We might lose another four and go home. So it was just one game. That’s it. We just don’t get excited. We’re a really good team. We can fight against anybody and we can win against anybody. So we just got to stay focused and play another game.”
The Wizards have maintained their focus throughout the playoffs, refusing to get satisfied and they have taken the same approach as they enter Game 2 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Washington snapped a 12-game losing streak in Monday’s win but they have no desire to leave Indianapolis with just a split.
John Wall says the team plans to stay “greedy” against the Pacers.
“Definitely,” Wall said. “As a road team, we wanted to try to find a way to get one on the road, but if you have the opportunity to get two, you definitely got to stay humble and the underdog team that’s fighting and be desperate. Like Coach [Randy Wittman] said, be greedy and that’s the way we’re coming into it.”
Gortat said he expects the Pacers to try to get Roy Hibbert more involved in the game after the former Georgetown center finished with zero points and zero rebounds in Game 1. Hibbert’s struggles in the postseason have fueled many rumors about possible off-court friction between Hibbert and fellow all-star Paul George. George addressed the speculation on his Twitter account on Tuesday, denying an problems while posting an old photograph of him fishing with Hibbert and teammate George Hill.
“That’s obvious. That’s normal. They want to get him going,” Gortat said, when asked about getting Hibbert more involved. “They’re going to try to throw him the ball, the only thing we’ve got to do is to play. be physical. Get him off his sweet spot and make sure he play hard. They can talk, they can do all they want, they can go fishing together, we going to watch film together in the room and we’re going to come out ready to play, too. It’s easier because we just focus on everything we do. We come ready to play. Sit in hotel. Watch film, movie.”
Wittman said he didn’t want to see any let up from his team. “Stay desperate. We haven’t done anything. We’ve won one game; we’ve got to win four. And that’s what I want them to understand. There’s three more games out there that we have to win and in order to do that, you have to stay greedy. You have to stay desperate. You have to have that killer mode. And that’s what I want out of them. Win, lose, what the situation is, we’ve got to keep that, eye of tiger –whatever you want to call it – and the focus. Why are we having success when we do have success? And don’t lose sight of what you’re doing when you do have success. That’s the main focus.”
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