Marcin Gortat C WAS 5 Months

Free agent Marcin Gortat said that he won't play for Team Poland this summer.

No surprise there. Gortat is looking at a nice payday with some decent control over where he eventually lands, so risking injury isn't worth it this time around.

Marcin Gortat C WAS 5 Months

Marcin Gortat scored 19 points vs. the Pacers on Thursday with six boards, one assist and one turnover in 41 minutes.

He was probably Washington's best player tonight and did a great job setting screens to set the tone on offense. Gortat had a great year in his first campaign with the Wizards and he should have a similar role heading into next season.

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Marcin Gortat had 31 points, 16 rebounds, a steal and a block, and John Wall knocked down open jumpers, hitting 11-of-20 shots and three 3-pointers for 27 points, five rebounds and five assists as the Wizards crushed the Pacers 102-79 in Tuesday's Game 5 win.

The series is now 3-2 in favor of Indy, but they looked like anything but the No. 1 seed tonight. It appeared they had righted the ship, but this was a big step backwards as they head to Washington for Game 6 on Thursday, where the Wiz have a chance to force a Game 7 (in Indy). Gortat became the first Washington player to rack up a 30 & 15 playoff game since Moses Malone in 1987. Bradley Beal added 18 points, eight boards, four assists and two 3-pointers tonight, while Trevor Ariza double-doubled with 10 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in the easy win. And to add insult to injury, the Wizards outrebounded the Pacers 62-23 tonight, which is not a misprint.

Marcin Gortat C WAS 5 Months

Marcin Gortat grabbed 15 boards during Monday's Game 1 win over the Pacers, scoring 12 points with two assists and three blocks on 4-of-12 shooting.

The Wizards owned the glass tonight and won the offensive-board battle 17-6 tonight. That led to a win second-chance points of 19-5. The Wizards didn't play their usual style with just 14 fast-break points, which was less than Indiana's 20. Gortat and Nene are definitely not like Pero Antic of the Hawks and they're presence went a long way tonight to go up 1-0. Game 2 is on Wednesday.

Marcin Gortat C WAS 5 Months

A man threatened Marcin Gortat after Game 5 on Tuesday, but he was reported to NBA security and a Wizards' spokesperson said the situation has been "handled."

"He was saying that there's a bomb in the plane [and] my country is going to get bombed," explained Gortat. The Wizards had an otherwise uneventful trip home from Chicago following their series-clinching victory, and this awful incident should already be in the rearview mirror as they look ahead to playing either the Pacers or Hawks in the second round.

Marcin Gortat C WAS 5 Months

Marin Gortat was going through his normal routine of running onto the court to high-five his teammates during a timeout in Game 3, but that resulted in him being stuck in the middle of the floor when a mini-fight was breaking out between Nene and Jimmy Butler.

Leaving the bench during an altercation is an automatic suspension, but the league used some common sense here and gave Gortat a break. "I'm always one of the first guys jumping onto the court, trying to give a high-five to players and when I seen the fight was going on, I just froze," Gortat said. "I was right there on the middle of the court. Just because I was there, I could've put myself and my team in trouble." And the Wizards are going to need him with Nene suspended for today's game.

Marcin Gortat C WAS 5 Months

Marcin Gortat left the bench during an altercation between Nene and Jimmy Butler on Friday night, leaving his Game 4 availability in question.

Players are usually ejected and suspended for leaving the bench during an altercation but Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau called a timeout during the fracas, which makes the situation a bit cloudy. Gortat was not punished for leaving the bench during the contest so he should be okay. However, we'll monitor his status as Game 4 approaches.

Marcin Gortat C WAS 5 Months

Marcin Gortat double-doubled with 15 points, 13 rebounds and one block in a hard-fought victory in Chicago on Sunday.

He made a key put-back to give Washington a six-point lead in the game's final minute, and combined with Nene for a decisive frontcourt advantage against Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson. Every starter reached double-digits in the Wizards' impressive victory, and veteran Andre Miller gave them a nice lift with 10 points during a late surge off the bench.

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Marcin Gortat had 27 points, 14 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's OT loss to the Bobcats.

While the 27 points weren't a season high, it was his second-highest total and the most he's scored since going for 31 points on Feb. 27. Gortat obviously wasn't bothered by the return of Nene and is on fire right now, averaging 20.25 points, 10.0 rebounds and .75 blocks over his last four games.

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Marcin Gortat had 22 points, eight rebounds and four assists on Wednesday night as the Wizards clinched a playoff berth with a 118-92 win over the Celtics.

It's the first playoff appearance for the Wiz since 2008 and they'd enter as the six seed if the regular season ended today. Gortat's play since Nene's injury has been huge, as he averaged a double-double with 1.7 blocks and shot 52.7 percent from the field in March. John Wall had 10 assists Wednesday, marking his first time in double figures there since March 21.