The Washington Wizards' chances of angering the highest-ranking Toronto Raptors have become much longer.
Wrestler Swingman Otto Porter Jr. will miss Game 6 of his first-round playoff series to correct a blood flow problem from bone squeezing in his lower left leg, according to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post. Porter will also miss Game 7 if Washington wins on Friday.
Although Porter loses in a Wizards discussion dominated by the All-Star Guardians Bradley Beal and John Wall, he plays an important role as a 3-and-more and more wings can mask the inefficiencies of the roster – so much so that they rewarded him with a Max contract last summer.
His absence creates a gaping hole for a Washington team that already has wings. Now, the eighth-ranked Game 6 wizards go 3-2 down against the lowest Raptors teams without an important cog.
Porter averaged 10 points, five rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.2 combined blocks, stealing 41.7 percent of 3-point range in shooting through the first five games of the series in 31.6 minutes. In this fraudulent playoff sample size, Washington has done better with Porter on the bench, but over the course of the season, no Wizards player made a bigger on / off effect than the 24-year-old former No. 3 pick. The wizards were 11.1 points per 100 possessions better with Porter on the ground.
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"You could see if OP was healthy and if not," Wall told Buckner before the news of Porter's absence was broken. "If he does not snap and cut in the basket, you can tell he's busy with something, he's probably been working on it for a while, but he's going out there and giving us everything he has as a teammate Respect and value as much as possible. "
If the injury has reduced Porter's impact on this series, the Wizards can be encouraged by the knowledge that they have already won two games at home and limped their third option. They host the Raptors in the most-win Game 6 on Friday night. But Porter played an invaluable role in the two victories, filled the statistics and served as the main defender against Raptors star DeMar DeRozan.
The Wizards finished 1-4 in the five games that Porter missed during the regular season.
Presumably, Kelly Oubre Jr. will begin in Porter's absence. The third-year guardian / striker, who has been entangled in a war of words with Raptors antagonist Delon Wright since Toronto's Game 5 of Words, is a trick-or-treat player for the Wizards, and their insertion into the starting lineup leaves them getting extremely thin on wings from the bench. But Oubre does not lack self-confidence:
Still, Kelly was Kelly and did not stop.
His last comment on Delon Wright: "He can take it very personally, but at the end of the day, if you want to go to war, I'm the wrong person I can fight against, if I die I will revive and kill you. "
– Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) April 27, 2018
For years, depth was a downfall for a Washington team That came to a victory for Eastern last season Conference Finals. Because of a talented starting line-up they posed a dangerous threat to Toronto, even as eights, but Porter was one of the most important factors in this equation.
The Wizards also lost reserve guard Jodie Meeks to a performance-improving drug suspension prior to the playoffs. Substitute guard Tomas Satoransky, who played well for Wall in the regular season but fell into the playoff depth, could also see a longer playing time with Oubre.