Wake-up call: Gortat unhappy with role

Wake-up call: Gortat unhappy with role
December 15, 2013, 6:00 am
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Marcin Gortat wants a sitdown with his coach after turning in another sub-par performance for the Wizards, who lost their fourth game in a row Saturday vs. the Los Angeles Clippers. 

Gortat, a 6-11 center, was the only starter not in double figures scoring, shooting just 3-for-10 for six points and just seven rebounds. Without Nene in the lineup, he's clearly not comfortable with his role. In Friday's overtime loss at the Atlanta Hawks, Gortat hesitated on an open shot with his team ahead 86-84, attempted to pass instead, had the ball stolen with 30 seconds seconds left and that led to the tie in regulation.

"I just don't like the position I play. I'm constantly drifting more and more away from the basket. Quite honestly, that's not my game. I'm capable of making or two plays like that but I feel more comfortable underneath the basket," Gortat said. "I just got to talk to coach and clear things up. Just make sure we're on the same page." 

It's something point guard John Wall has noticed. "He's just not taking the same shots we're used to him taking, especially in pick-and-roll situations. He's turned a lot of those down the last couple of games," Wall said. "He's got to get his confidence back, especially in the fourth quarter when guys are going to trap me on pick-and-rolls. It's up to him to make the play. We still believe in him to make those shots, to make those extra passes. He's just got to get back into a rhythm."