Wizards fall short to Toronto
Marcin Gortat's play has been so uneven of late, and he knows it, that he was nowhere to be found after Friday's home loss to the Toronto Raptors. The Wizards' starting center has admitted that his rebounding hasn't been up to par, and his last five games show it.
Gortat, who stands 6-11 and 240 pounds, is averaging 5.4 rebounds per game. He only has seven offensive rebounds in those five games. Without Nene starting next to him at power forward, he's clearly not as much of an impact player.
"(Rebounding) isn't working for me, recently," Gortat said.
A collective sigh could be heard at Verizon Center when Gortat had an open shot in the lane and instead passed it which led to a rushed attempt with the shot clock winding down.
Nene is on a minutes restriction and has been coming off the bench. Against Toronto, however, coach Randy Wittman had to go to his bench early, inserting Nene for Trevor Booker midway through the first quarter but it still didn't produce results. The Wizards trailed 26-17 going into the second quarter and never could get back on top.
The two best big men for the Wizards (14-16) combined for six turnovers by halftime of the 101-88 loss. They had two more in the second half before they were pulled with the outcome decided early.