The Wizards have an opportunity Tuesday night to finish off the Chicago Bulls. They opportunity will take place in a general location where Washington has performed best or certainly more consistent this season: The road.
The regular season record shows identical 22-19 marks home and away. The 22 road wins tied Miami and Toronto for most among Eastern Conference playoff teams. The 22 home wins, the fewest among any team in the postseason. In this series, which they lead 3-1, the Wizards won both previous games in Chicago, but only split at home.
Marcin Gortat's reason for the disparity, one he shared before the Wizards left for Chicago, seems spot on.
“When you score a bucket over there, we ain’t going to be flexing in front of Chicago fans, flexing and showing how powerful we are," the 6-foot-11 center said. "You at home, you score a bucket and we all getting crazy and nuts. We ain’t going to do that over there, we just going to score and get back to defense. That’s the good part about it.
RELATED: [By the numbers: Nene's return game]
"Obviously, having a lead, 3-1 is great, but it’s not easy from the mental standpoint," Gortat said. "They’re going to play desperate basketball. They’re going to come out ready to play. We have to play even better than we played at home. All of us have to perform.”
If anyone will be crazy and nuts on Tuesday, it figures to be the Bulls, who are not one loss away from ending their season one round earlier than a year ago.
“We have a wounded animal right now, and we want to kill it,” said Drew Gooden, before finishing his thought while chuckling. “I don’t want to offend any of the PETA people out there. That was only an analogy.”