Porter held out of Wizards prac­tice

Baltimore Sun - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL - — Can­dace Buck­ner, The Wash­ing­ton Post

Otto Porter Jr., who trails only Marcin Gor­tat on the Wizards in terms of min­utes played, has re­cently been spot­ted af­ter games shuf­fling slowly from the shower to his locker stall. Porter will take any teas­ing about it with a big smile, but on Tues­day, the in­jury ap­peared to be a bit more se­ri­ous.

Wash­ing­ton held Porter out from prac­tice, one day af­ter he ex­pe­ri­enced in­flam­ma­tion in his right hip dur­ing the third quar­ter of the team’s win over the Suns. An­other start­ing for­ward, Marki­eff Mor­ris, did not prac­tice be­cause of a sore foot. Ac­cord­ing to coach Scott Brooks, both play­ers are listed as “day-to-day” while re­ceiv­ing treat­ments.

But while Mor­ris at least ap­peared on the prac­tice court — he watched and pro­vided com­men­tary as John Wall and rookie Shel­don McClel­lan en­gaged in an en­ter­tain­ing one-on-one bat­tle — Porter re­mained in the trainer’s room.

This is not the first time Porter, 23, has ex­pe­ri­enced hip sore­ness. Last Jan­uary, he left a game against the Bucks af­ter crash­ing to the court on a layup at­tempt. Porter’s rookie year was also stalled by hip trou­bles. In 2013, Porter, the third over­all pick in that year’s draft, did not par­tic­i­pate in his first prac­tice un­til late Novem­ber.

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