Despite having their six-game winning streak ended by the Memphis Grizzlies, the Wizards didn't take Monday's home loss too hard. They now know they're good enough to compete with the best, the Grizzlies are of good quality and sometimes they'll lose games like this.
“We're not going to make drama now because we lost that game. They really came in, beat us, they played well, they mad shots at the end," Marcin Gortat said of the 110-104 defeat. "We just didn't execute well at the end. We just couldn't make a shot too so it's not a super big deal. Obviously we don't want to lose but we got to continue.
“We can't get discouraged right now. We're still a good team. It's not like we have to come back (Tuesday) and work on a lot of things. We just have to stay focused on everything, bring the energy and hopefully get the game against Utah.”
John Wall redeemed himself after having a season-low five points in a loss at Memphis last month. He led all scorers with 23 points to go with nine assists and six rebounds.
“We won six in a row. We knew this would be a tough game coming in. You definitely want to win and keep the streak going but we have another physical team coming on Wednesday, Utah, and we owe them. They beat us at their place," Wall said of that 104-101 loss Jan. 25. "Don't let one game stop you from getting on a roll because you can still win 7-8, or 8-9, so I think we're on the right path and we'll keep going this way.”
Said Trevor Ariza, who has made 12 of his last 16 three-point attempts: "Everybody loses. So we can't get too down when we do lose."