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SOURCE: Otto porter out remainder of series against Raptors

BY BEN STANDIG | APRIL 27, 2018

Otto Porter, third-leading scorer for the Washington Wizards, will miss the remainder of the first-round series with the Toronto Raptors, a source confirmed to The Sports Capitol.

Porter had a left lower leg fasciotomy for compartment syndrome early Friday, the team announced.

The procedure was required after clinical examination confirmed the diagnosis of compartment syndrome (a critical increase in pressure resulting from an injury) and was necessary to prevent permanent damage to the muscles in the leg.  It was performed by Wizards Director of Medical Services and Orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih at MedStar Health at Lafayatte Centre.

Wizards coach Scott Brooks expressed uncertainty with Porter’s status on Thursday. Washington hosts Toronto in Game 6 of the best-of-7 series Friday. The Raptors lead the series, 3-2.

Injuries hurt the starting small forward’s season, though he finished third in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage and played 77 games. The latest injury occurred in Wednesday’s Game 5 loss at Toronto. Porter was kicked in the left leg, according to a source, and developed a painful and sizable bruise. Brooks said Thursday additional testing would occur. Porter had an MRI in between Games 5 and 6, per source.

Porter, 24, suffered a calf strain in Washington’s penultimate game of the regular season against Boston on April 10. He also dealt with hip issues all season. 

The No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft signed a four-year, $106.5 million contract last summer.

He played 32 and 25 minutes in the first two games of the series. Brooks classified the 6-foot-8 forward’s health “100 percent” ahead of Game 3. Porter scored nine points in 31 minutes during Game 5 after playing 40 minutes in the Game 4 home win. 

Kelly Oubre Jr. likely replaces Porter in the starting lineup. Tomas Satoransky should see extra minutes behind Oubre. The Wizards lacked wing depth this season even before Jodie Meeks’ 25-game suspension put a premium on Porter’s available minutes. 

The Wizards must win Friday to keep their season alive. Game 7 would take place Sunday at Toronto.

The Washington Post first reported Porter’s status for the remainder of the series.

Ben Standig is a host, writer and co-founder of The Sports Capitol. This D.C. area native grew up rooting for all the local squads and dabbled in the professional media world after college before making a full shift to sports writing in 2005. Since, Ben has covered every team and big event in town for several outlets including the Associated Press, NBCWashington.com and Scout.com.

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