Otto Porter Jr.’s sore right foot has landed him on the injury report for Game 6 of the Warriors-Grizzlies Western Conference semifinals. The versatile veteran forward is listed as questionable for Friday night’s contest at Chase Center, which tips off at 7 p.m. PT on 95.7 The Game.
Porter played a huge role in the Warriors' Game 3 victory in San Francisco, scoring 13 points off the bench while recording a +30 in 24 minutes of action. Listed at 6-foot-8, 198 pounds, Porter’s size against Memphis' big, physical frontline has been very valuable. He also found has found his 3-point stroke, as he hit seven combined 3-pointers in the Game 3 and Game 4 victories.
“I think he’s fine,” Warriors acting coach Mike Brown told reporters Thursday afternoon. “We didn’t do anything today, we just flew back (from Memphis).”
After being sidelined for two games of the series and playing garbage-time minutes in Game 3, Grizzlies big man Steven Adams has helped change the tenor of the series. Adams has racked up 28 rebounds combined the past two games, while the Warriors haven’t completely been able to expose him on defense.
Porter could be a good antidote, as he could help body Adams but also stretch him out on offense if he lines up as a center for Golden State, which is entirely possible with the team’s smallball combos.
“Otto’s been great for us in a lot of different areas,” Brown said earlier this week.
Other sizable contributors for the Grizzlies include Jaren Jackson Jr., Kyle Anderson and Dillon Brooks.
The Warriors limited Porter from playing back-to-backs this season, but he appeared in 63 games, which was his highest total since the 2017-18 campaign. Signed to a veteran minimum deal, Porter averaged 8.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in the regular season.
In recent years, Porter has dealt with left foot and toe issues, but this latest injury is with his right foot. Back and hip injuries have also hampered Porter’s playing time in recent seasons.
If Porter is unable to play, rookie Jonathan Kuminga and veterans like Damion Lee and Nemanja Bjelica could get more playing time. Bjelica started the second half of Game 4 once Porter was sidelined with his foot issue.
The team also announced Thursday that Andre Iguodala (neck) will be re-evaluated in a week. The Warriors would love to close out the Grizzlies on Friday and get some rest before the Western Conference Finals. The Dallas Mavericks pushed their series to seven games with a win over the Phoenix Suns Thursday night.