Fred Katz: Otto Porter told me this morning his left big toe is doing “way better”: “It’s a part of your body you don’t think about using a lot, but once you hurt it, you’re like, dang it affects a lot of variables.”
Chase Hughes: Otto Porter is OUT tonight, per the team. He is dealing with a left toe injury. Beyond more time for Oubre, should open the door for Troy Brown.
Josh Lewenberg: Brooks said the leg injury started bothering Porter in Game 4. They thought they could manage it but after MRI today made decision to undergo the procedure and shut him down.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Kelly Oubre Jr. will start in place of the injured Otto Porter Jr. Scott Brooks says Tomas Satoransky and Ty Lawson will see more minutes, especially when Toronto goes small.
Josh Lewenberg: Wall on Porter, who's questionable tonight: "You could tell when OP's been healthy and when he's not. When he's not slashing and cutting to the basket you could tell he's been dealing with something. He's probably been dealing with it for a while."
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
Otto Porter has played with a bone contusion in his left leg that has been monitored by the Wizards’ medical staff, according to a person close to the situation.
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.”
Chase Hughes: Scott Brooks said that Otto Porter is "banged up." He didn't rule out Otto missing Game 6 and doesn't know if an MRI will be scheduled for his right leg strain. Doesn't sound likely he will miss Game 6, but it's possible.
Chris Miller: Mike Scott will play today. Otto Porter gametime decision. I’m told Otto is feeling better. #DCFamily #WizRaptors
Chris Miller: Positive sign seeing Otto Porter and @Mike Scott getting up shots after practice. #DCFamily #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/TEAt13U2oG
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.
Candace Buckner: Otto Porter Jr. (sprained right ankle) had an X-ray and the results were negative, said Scott Brooks
Candace Buckner: #Wizards announce Otto Porter Jr. has a sprained right ankle and is doubtful to return
Chris Miller: Otto Porter has a right thigh bruise. Medical staff is currently working on him. No official word on if he’ll return #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.
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
Porter had been struggling in his previous four games before Wednesday, missing 20 of 29 attempts. But he refused to label the stretch a slump. Porter also refused to cast the blame on a previously undisclosed right foot pain that he has quietly been managing. “It was nothing serious. Nothing to worry about,” Porter said. “I didn’t miss a game or anything for it but it definitely was a nagging injury that I was able to treat and feel a lot better.”
August 10, 2022 | 9:55 am EDT Update
Michael Scotto: Sources: The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to an Exhibit 10 deal with guard Dakota Mathias, @HoopsHype has learned. Mathias had two 10-day contracts with the Grizzlies last season and was previously a two-way player for the Philadelphia 76ers.
According to NBA insider Brian Windhorst, after the news about the KD’s ultimatum became public, other NBA teams that are interesting in acquiring the superstar will lower their offers instead of increasing them which would further complicate the chances of the trade happening. “Doing it now is a maneuver, a maneuver that I don’t think worked because as I talk to teams out there, they don’t think this increased his trade demand. They think this hurt his trade value,” Windhorst said on ESPN’s This Just In.
“I want to point the second half of the Joe Tsai tweet. I think it’s obviously important to look at the first sentence which is that he’s not going to fire Sean Marks and Steve Nash. But the second sentence is really the sentence that the league paid attention to it. And it seems benign when he says ‘We make decisions for the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.’ “But I’m going to decode that for you. What he’s basically saying is despite what Kevin Durant is trying do here, we’re not going to change what our expectations are for a trade and if you are not traded, we expect you to be reporting to camp to continue the four years you have left on your contract.”
Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson, M.A. : Kyrie Irving’s focus for this season is “all about killing it.” “He’s holding up his commitment and there’s an excitement.” Per source: “He’s opted in. He’s gonna play.” “He’s in the gym nonstop.”
Emiliano Carchia: There is no truth, as of now, of contract extension talks between Virtus Bologna and Nico Mannion, sources close to the team tell @Emiliano Carchia. Nico Mannion has one year left on his contract with EuroCup reigning champions
Victor Oladipo: I’m talking about God’s Revenge, because I’ve sat back, you know, they messed up my surgery, I sat back, I’m saying I’ve torn my quad. I sat back. But now is my time to rise. I truly believe that. So that’s the revenge tour. I’m saying that’s what it’s all about. So it’s one day at a time. It’s a constant grind every day, though. And that’s what I’m focused on doing.
“I think [projecting Lakers to be a Play-In team] is kind of generous,” Windhorst said on ESPN’s NBA Today. “That’s believing that the Lakers are going to get a mostly healthy season from Anthony Davis and LeBron James. “Unless those two are playing at a very high level, with the roster that they currently have, the Lakers are going to have to be great to get into that playoff situation.
“The supporting cast that they have assembled is just really kind of haphazard. They have a new coaching staff, they’re going to have a whole bunch of new players and new alignments. “They’re really going to need LeBron and AD to carry them to a bunch of wins in a Western Conference that is going to be highly, highly competitive.”