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Marcin Gortat sick of the 's—hole' the Wizards have dug themselves early this season

Marcin Gortat sick of the 's—hole' the Wizards have dug themselves early this season

No Wizards player is happy with their 5-5 start through 10 games, especially with their defense and how they have let some winnable games slip away to young and unproven teams.

At Thursday morning's shootaround, ahead of the 7:00 p.m. game against the Lakers, center Marcin Gortat summed up the team's feelings in the strongest words we have heard yet.

Gortat wants things to change and soon and, like his coach Scott Brooks and his teammates, Gortat believes it comes down to effort on the defensive end.

"Sorry for my language, but we are in a s—hole. We've gotta get out of that hole and start to win some games," he said.

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"We've gotta show up, show up at the game as NBA players who want to compete and play hard every possession. Take pride in what we do. That's the most important thing."

The Wizards lost the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday at Capital One Arena when the Mavs came into the game with the NBA's worst record. Last week the fell to the Phoenix Suns, also at home, after holding a 22-point lead. And the last time they played the Lakers, they dropped a winnable game in overtime.

A 5-5 record is much better than the 2-8 mark they posted last season through 10 games. But it's not good enough for these Wizards and Gortat is beside himself about it.

"This is super disrespectful. Bottom-line, I feel embarrassed for those games," Gortat said. "We definitely owe a huge apology to our fans for our performance. That's not who we are and that's not who we want to be in the future."

Gortat is trying to stay focused in part by staying off social media. Gortat is very accessible on Twitter, often responding to tweets from fans both positive and negative. He has a tendency to fire back at haters, but that's not of his interest right now.

"I have basically stopped checking social media for the past two weeks. The way we play right now, you don't want to listen to dumbasses in social media," he said.

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

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John Wall has MRI on left knee as early-season injury saga continues

Point guard John Wall was a notable absence at Friday afternoon's Wizards practice, as he sat out after having an MRI done on his left knee earlier in the day. 

Despite playing well against the Hornets in the team's last game, Wall is still feeling discomfort and now the Wizards wait to hear the test results. Wall may not play against the Blazers on Saturday night.

"John is definitely going to be questionable tomorrow," head coach Scott Brooks said. "We'll see how he feels [Saturday morning] and then make a decision from there."

Wall's knee issue dates back to two weeks ago. He first complained about swelling in his knee after a game against the Sacramento Kings.

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Wall has since had his knee drained, but the problems have persisted. Wall says his mobility is affected most.

Wall, 27, has missed two games for the Wizards this season, one due to a sprained left shoulder and another because of his knee. He is averaging 20.3 points and 9.2 assists per game.

Wall had one of his best games against the season in Charlotte on Wednesday. Despite playing through pain, he managed 31 points and 11 assists. He played 41 minutes because the game went to overtime.

If Wall can't go against the Blazers, the Wizards will rely heavily on backup point guard Tim Frazier. Either way, they have a tough assignment at that position with Damian Lillard of Portland.

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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

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Markieff Morris sees a lot of himself in Wizards teammate Mike Scott

The early returns on backup forward Mike Scott have been quite good for the Wizards. Signed to a one-year deal in free agency, Scott is off to a strong start.

He's averaging 8.6 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 53.4 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from three. His 59.7 effective field goal percentage is second on the team behind Otto Porter.

At his best, Scott has proven to be instant offense and an efficient scorer. He's reached double figures in seven out of his last 12 appearances while shooting 59 percent.

Scott is the backup to Markieff Morris and Morris likes what he sees so far.

"He fits perfect. We should have been gotten him," Morris said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast. "I feel like me and him are going to have a couple great years together, if you ask me."

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There are some similarities in the games of Morris and Scott. They are close in size and can score both inside and out. They offer a respectable three-point shot with a strong midrange and post game to complement.

Others have pointed it out and Morris sees it, too.

"I think he's trying to steal my game," he joked. "We kind of resemble each other a lot more than what I thought before he got here."

Morris of course has a twin in real life, Marcus who plays for the Celtics. But Scott is like his twin on the Wizards' bench, figuratively speaking.

"It's kind of hard to distinguish between the two sometimes when they're making shots because they play the same way," guard Bradley Beal said. "They can knock down threes, they can give you the post up game, they can handle the ball. They are definitely one in the same, in a sense."

"There's a lot of similarities. They have a lot of the same mannerisms," head coach Scott Brooks said. "They have this real, tough, calming influence on the group. I like guys that have that edge to them."

Morris also discussed his relationship with John Wall and Bradley Beal, how his season has gone so far and who Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons remind him of on the podcast.

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