Porter playing hinges on Thursday's practice

Porter playing hinges on Thursday's practice
December 4, 2013, 3:45 pm
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Otto Porter still is non-committal if he will play this week, but he has to pass a crucial test for coach Randy Wittman to seriously consider giving him minutes vs. the Milwaukee Bucks.

"I feel good, for the first time, going up and down (the court)," Porter said after an almost two-hour session at Verizon Center on Wednesday. "I don't know about Friday. But I feel like I'm getting more in shape."

The reserves did most of the practicing as Porter went for the second time since returning from a right hip flexor that had kept him out since Sept. 13. The Wizards recently had two stretches of four games in five days which didn't allow for practice time. Chris Singleton returned from left foot/toe surgery and logged 24 minutes in his fourth game back Monday.

"I liked what I saw today. At the end, he got winded," Wittman said. "That's going to be expected. It'll be interesting to see what kind of bounce he's got coming in tomorrow on a back-to-back (practice). Like I told you with Chris, it's kind of a feel. He's not going to come in and play 30 minutes. We're going to ease him in."

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The good thing for Porter is that he's not being looked at as the savior of the franchise. The Wizards already have their max player in John Wall players at his position, Martell Webster and Trevor Ariza, who have been on fire from the perimeter

"I'm not going to come in and change anything," Porter said -- and correctly so.

The second unit needs a steadying influence, and though Porter is just a rookie Wittman has made it clear he's looking for answers. The playing time is there for the taking if Porter feels OK physically. 

Still, he's not going to be in position to generate triple-doubles the way fellow rookies Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic) and Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia 76ers) did last night. Both players are starters and the focal points of their teams.

Even before Porter's injury, that wasn't going to be his role with the Wizards. He's got time.