The Washington Wizards' odds of annoying the top-ranked Toronto Raptors have just won much more.
Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. will miss Game 6 of his first-round playoff series to correct a blood flow problem resulting from the bone hematoma in his lower left leg, according to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. According to reports, Porter would also miss Game 7 if Washington wins on Friday.
The Wizards confirmed that Porter "underwent a successful left fasciotomy in the left leg due to compartment syndrome," a "critical increase in pressure resulting from injury." out of service indefinitely. The procedure "was necessary to avoid permanent damage to the leg muscles."
Although Porter gets lost in a Wizards discussion dominated by All Star guards, Bradley Beal and John Wall, he plays a vital role as a 3-player and -Dy-more switching wing capable of masking many of the inefficiencies of the staff, so much so that they rewarded him with a maximum contract this past summer.
His absence creates a great vacuum for a Washington team that already has few wings. Now, the eighth row head Wizards enter Game 6 losing 3-2 against the deepest of the Raptors without a key.
Porter averaged 10 points, five rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.2 blocks and steals combined while firing 41.7 percent from 3-point range in 31.6 minutes during the first five games of the series. In that deceptive sample size of the playoffs, Washington has had a better performance with Porter on the bench, but over the course of the season, no player of the Wizards had a greater on / off impact than former coach No. 24. 24 years old. The Wizards got 11.1 points for every 100 possessions better with Porter on the floor.
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"You could say when OP has been healthy and when not," Wall told Buckner before the news of Porter's absence broke. "When he's not cutting and cutting in the basket, you can say he's dealing with something, he's probably been dealing with that for a while, but he's been dating and giving us everything he has as a teammate. as much as possible ".
If the injury has reduced Porter's impact in this series, the Wizards may be encouraged by the knowledge that they have already won two games at home with their third option blocked. They host the Raptors in the mandatory Game 6 on Friday night. But Porter played an invaluable role in the two victories, filling out the statistics sheet and serving as the main defender against Raptors star DeMar DeRozan.
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