SAN FRANCISCO — Otto Porter Jr.’s status for Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals on Friday remains up in the air.
Porter is listed as questionable for the Warriors’ potentially series-clinching game Friday night at Chase Center with right foot soreness. Acting head coach Mike Brown said he wasn’t sure what exactly caused the discomfort whether it was one play in particular or the grind of the postseason in general.
Brown said one day prior that Porter was “fine,” though he wouldn’t tip his hand as to whether the Warriors forward would be available Friday.
Porter, who missed the second half of Wednesday’s blowout loss due to the sudden soreness, did some court work Friday morning during Golden State’s shootaround, according to Brown. That activity included agility exercises and some shooting.
“He went through some stuff out there, but basically [we need] to see how he feels,” Brown said. “It’s one of those things where it’s a wait and see what he says and what our medical team says.”
Limiting the Grizzlies’ lethal transition offense and outrebounding the athletically inclined team were two big keys for Golden State heading into the semifinals. Porter has been a critical part in the team’s success in both of those areas during this series, which the Warriors lead 3-2 heading into Game 6.
Porter, along with Andrew Wiggins, have combined for 54 rebounds in the first five games of the series, during which Golden State has outrebounded the Grizzlies 196-174. The Warriors have also outscored Memphis by nine points when Porter is on the court, by far the best mark by any of Golden State’s players.
“He’s probably been one of the most important players in this series,” center Kevon Looney said. “Every time he’s one the court, he makes a difference, he makes an impact on both sides of …read more
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