Porter misses game vs. Grizzlies

Porter misses game vs. Grizzlies
July 17, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Porter continuing to develop in Summer League play

LAS VEGAS –- Just as the game began to slow down for Otto Porter, his summer league may have ended.

The Wizards determined Wednesday afternoon that their top draft pick is day-to-day because of tightness in his right hamstring. He sat out vs. the Memphis Grizzlies later Wednesday.

“I’m definitely going to be safe with this,” Porter said after Tuesday's 97-69 win vs. the Denver Nuggets. “Nothing really serious but I don’t want it to become serious. … I want to take care of my body so I can last long until the end of the season.”

Porter, who was held out of a scrimmage Monday, only played seven minutes in the Wizards’ first victory after opening with two losses.

“I feel like I’m up to speed now,” he said about his understanding the Wizards’ system and acclimating to the fast-paced NBA style. “It only took me a couple of games to be up to speed. When I start back playing, this thing is going to be alright.”

Porter’s two field goals came on transition baskets vs. the Nuggets. The Wizards’ offense finally started to hit on all cylinders as they moved onto tournament play. They'll play at least two more games, including vs. Memphis. 

In two-plus games, Porter shot 9-for-30, or 30%, had 11 total rebounds, three assists, two steals and three turnovers. He misfired on all five of his three-point attempts.

His absence would mean another small forward, Glen Rice who the Wizards acquired in the second round of the draft in trade last month, likely will get more playing time. Rice is coming off his best game by shooting 6-for-12 for 13 points