"A lot of it has to do with mental preparation," Montgomery said. "We'll continue to work on that in terms of understanding every game we play is going to be an absolute dogfight. We have to be prepared for that. We have to have the mindset that if someone pushes us, we have to push back."
When asked if his team has the personality to change its way of thinking, Montgomery said: "We'll see. It's certainly not the first time we've seen that. We have to continue to challenge them. It has to be important to you. You have to understand physically we're not superior to everybody. We can't just walk out on the floor and just be better than everybody. We really have to compete to have a chance. I don't think that's totally ingrained in us.
"At some point, the kids have to step up and decide what they want to be and how they want to be perceived, and what they want to do."