Fred Katz: Otto Porter (toe) is playing and starting. Jammed his toe last game. Same starting lineup as last game.
Chase Hughes: Dwight Howard did not practice and may not travel on the road trip. Otto Porter practiced, but is dealing with a hamstring injury.
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 16, 2022 | 2:22 am EDT Update
Chris Haynes: Minnesota Timberwolves star Rudy Gobert will face the Utah Jazz for the first time on Oct. 21 in Minnesota and will return to Utah for the first time as an opponent on Dec. 9, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Marc Stein: The Knicks are scheduled to be in Dallas for former Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson’s return to Big D on Dec. 27, league sources tell me, two days after New York hosts Philadelphia on Christmas. More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com
Sean Cunningham: The Sacramento Kings will be opening the 2022-23 NBA season on the home court of Golden 1 Center against the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 19th, according to sources. @CarmichaelDave first to report.
Windhorst went on to say the Nets aren’t coming off asking for a big return for Durant in a trade. And that Brooklyn has no leverage with other teams, same as Durant has no leverage with the Nets. “I think what we have here is really a study of leverage. First off, the Nets do not have leverage in trade talks with other teams. They are not giving them the offers that they want. They see no reason to increase them. So, they’re not making any progress there,” said Windhorst. “Kevin Durant clearly does not have leverage with the Brooklyn Nets. He is asking for things: ‘Get me traded. Fire the coach. Fire the GM.’ He is being told no. So, when you have denied leverage, you have a stalemate.”
When it comes to Simmons, his unique skill set is incredibly enticing, but his best ability will be availability. Fortunately, according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, that won’t be a problem for Simmons in 2022-23: “You and Kyrie and Ben Simmons — who, by the way, news flash here. I ran into Ben Simmons. He and I had a nice conversation … I support the brother. I had a problem with him not playing. That’s the past. He’s ready to go. He swears he’s ready to go.”