The Wizards staved off elimination last night by smashing the Pacers in Indiana, 102-79. They were led by Marcin Gortat, who posted a monster 31 points and 16 rebounds, and John Wall, who had 27, 5 and 5.
Wall’s been taking a lot of heat for looking reluctant and nervous throughout the series, but he came through in a big way in Game 5. Gortat spoke about his point guard after the game, and his beautiful though admittedly awkward words (hey, the guy is Polish) put everything in perspective:
— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) May 14, 2014
First of all: Yeah, that’s not a soliloquy. If it was, we wouldn’t know what he said. This is a monologue, or a speech.
In any case, he makes some excellent points. While we’ve been bashing the Wizards for being too young and inexperienced and letting the Pacers get their groove back, the fact is they’ve had a great year just by getting to this point. They’re young, talented, ahead of the curve and poised to be contenders for years to come. The blogosphere tends to make way too big a deal out of one or two games, and that’s exactly what’s been happening here.
At the end of the day, these guys love playing basketball together. To be one of the last eight teams standing means that they’re pretty good, relatively speaking. So let’s keep things in perspective, people. It’s just a game, and John Wall is just beginning to show us what he can do with it.