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Report: John Wall and Marcin Gortat clear the air in secret meeting

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The Washington Wizards have experienced a rollercoaster season and have largely failed to replicate the form they showed last year.

The Wizards set themselves a goal of improving on the 50 wins they achieved in the last campaign and set their sights on reaching the Eastern Conference Finals.

But for much of the season, they've been looking up at their rivals in the east and have struggled to keep pace with them as they've been extremely inconsistent.

With one of the strongest teams in the conference on paper, it's a real surprise that Washington has struggled to compete on a consistent basis.

This has led to some disharmony in the camp and things didn't get any better last month when they held a team meeting to air their grievances.

According to All-Star duo John Wall and Bradley Beal, this only made things worse for the group.

With Wall ruled out for up to eight weeks with a knee injury recently, there were worries that they would find it hard to compete in his absence.

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But in recent games, the Wizards have looked better and more cohesive as a team on the court which has led some to claim that they're better as a unit without their star point guard.

After a dramatic 122-119 win over the east leaders the Toronto Raptors, Marcin Gortat posted a subtle tweet which was interpreted as a dig at Wall.

"Unbelievable win tonight ! Great "team" victory!" he tweeted.

According to ESPN, Wall reached out to the Polish big man via a text message and stated that he should come to him if there was a problem instead of using social media.

Following this exchange, ESPN's Chris Haynes has reported that the pair have since had a private meeting to express their views.

The duo are believed to have facilitated the meeting themselves and it was the first time that they'd spoken in person since Gortat's tweet.

Per Haynes, even though it didn't last long, there is still work to be done to repair their relationship.

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Gortat claimed that his post was not meant as a jab at Wall and claimed he was genuinely praising his team for a great win.

But his teammate clearly took it as a pop towards him and had some strong words to say about the center when asked about the tweet by ESPN's Michael Smith on Sportscenter.

"It was more just shock to hear it from him, understanding he gets the most assists from me and the most spoon-fed baskets ever," he said.

The Wizards organisation and coaching staff may have to intervene to look to build bridges between the two as they still have much to play for in the remainder of the campaign.

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Washington Wizards
Southeast Division
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