Marcin Gortat watched John Wall’s corner three-pointer bounce high off the rim, curled around Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap and hammered home a furious one-handed jam. As his Wizards teammates hopped from their seats to applaud, Gortat angrily strutted back. Gortat embraces being big, loves banging inside, and isn’t caught up in following other 6-foot-11 or taller players who would prefer to parade around the perimeter shooting jumpers rather than mixing it up and throwing people around. For that reason, Gortat has grown frustrated with a lack of touches near the basket and said he would speak to Coach Randy Wittman about his role in the offense after a lackluster outing against the Los Angeles Clippers. “I don’t like the position I play,” Gortat said after scoring just six points on 3-of-10 shooting in the Wizards’ 113-96 loss on Saturday at Verizon Center. “I’m constantly drifting more and more away from the basket. That’s not my game. I’m capable of making one or two plays like that away from the basket, but I feel more comfortable underneath the basket.” Nearly 37 percent (84 of 228) of Gortat’s shots this season have come outside the paint, which is much higher than his previous two seasons in Phoenix. The Clippers were content with letting him shoot him jumpers. And, after letting Gortat throw down that vicious putback jam, the Hawks used a similar strategy in Friday’s 101-99 overtime loss at Philips Arena. Late in regulation in Atlanta, Gortat had an open look but hesitated, then forced a pass to Trevor Booker that was intercepted by Al Horford. The Hawks would tie the game and force overtime on the next possession. “I just think I have to talk to Coach and clear things up and make sure we are on the same page,” Gortat said.
Wizards’ Marcin Gortat seeking more inside touches
Washington Post | Dec 16