Candace Buckner: Kelly Oubre Jr. on possibly stepping i…

Candace Buckner: Kelly Oubre Jr. on possibly stepping into starting lineup tonight in place of Otto Porter Jr.: “Just got to take my energy drink a little earlier. Take my pregame caffeine pill and I’ll be good.” Porter did not participate in shootaround this morning

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On Thursday, Wizards Coach Scott Brooks was vague about Porter’s status for Game 6, which is to be played Friday night inside Capital One Arena at 7 p.m. The Wizards trail the Raptors three games to two in the best-of-seven series. “Anything’s possible, but we hope for the best,” Brooks responded when asked if Porter possibly will not play Friday. “I know he’s banged up. That’s all I know as of right now.”
Candace Buckner: Porter went through some of practice and still listed of day to day. Scott still in NBA protocol and has to finish that before going through next step. Both are listed as questionable for Game 1.
Candace Buckner: Otto Porter Jr. OUT with that mild calf strain. He’s day to day and I asked if this was Game 1 of the playoffs would he be playing and Scott Brooks did not know, because he hasn’t played that hypothetical game.
Chris Miller: Otto Porter is officially out with (hip) vs. @Cleveland Cavaliers #WizCavs #DCFamily
Chase Hughes: Otto Porter is heading to the locker room with trainers. He was getting his right leg stretched out by the training staff before he walked away from the bench.
J. Michael Falgoust: Per Brooks: Porter (back) is out. Wall (quad) is out #WizPistons #WASatDET
Candace Buckner: Scott Brooks said Porter's back spasms were "nothing too concerning." WAS just wants to sit him tonite & try to calm it down going into DET
Chase Hughes: Otto Porter is out tonight with back spasms, Keef Morris (ankle) is in vs. Heat.
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