The Washington Wizards are throwing bulletin board material at the Indiana Pacers if they do happen to stay matched up as the fourth and fifth seeds in the first round of the playoffs.
“I think we match up good,” center Marcin Gortat said of the possibility of facing the Pacers according to the Washington Post. “We had a much better effort [Saturday] than we did last time at home.”
Gortat also said that he’d rather guard Myles Turner than Al Jefferson, providing fuel for Turner, who has already had his season changed by a teammate calling him “soft.”
“I didn’t even know he was questionable,” Gortat said of Turner. “I’m just getting ready for every game like everybody’s playing. To be honest with you, I mean I’d probably rather have Myles out there than Al Jefferson.”
Gortat seemed to be excited to play against an old school guy like Jefferson who plays down low, but his wording is curious since Turner could be a matchup nightmare for him if he continues playing like he has for the past few weeks after some self evaluation during the All-Star break.
Bradley Beal echoed Gortat’s statements about matching up with Indiana.
“I like how we match up with Indiana,” Beal said. “I feel like there’s a lot of stuff we can take advantage of and a lot of categories I think we can win in but it’s not 100 percent we’ll be playing them. So hypothetically, I do like Indiana.”
The Wizards won the season series over the Pacers 2-1, but the Pacers were without Victor Oladipo in one game and without both Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis in the most recent game.
The Pacers have been proving critics and doubters wrong all season, so they’ll likely be just fine with playing as the underdogs that a team “wants” to face in the postseason. After winning tonight over the Lakers, Indiana holds the lead for the fourth seed by a half game.