Otto Porter’s hip flexor has caused some concern amongst the Washington Wizards fanbase, especially considering that he’s listed as “day-to-day” but hasn’t participated in any live basketball activity since September 14th. Porter has dealt with injuries in the past, but from the looks of it, the Wizards and Porter are definitely being cautious with him pertaining to this specific injury. Although it isn’t considered very serious, Porter isn’t expected to play in Washington’s first two preseason games.
Porter’s return remains uncertain, and he has already hinted he wouldn’t be available for either of the first two exhibition games against Brooklyn or Chicago.
Porter isn’t expected to play in the two match ups, but he will travel with the team to Brazil to “cheer them on” during their exhibition game against the Chicago Bulls.
NBC Washington and Ball Hogs Radio injury expert, Dr. Ray Solano, chimed in on the situation and according to his knowledge, “Since Porter is day-to-day, that tells me it’s a mild strain. Normally, this is a 2-3 week injury.”
If Porter’s injury is indeed an injury that takes about 3 weeks to heal, he should still be able to participate in a few preseason games before the actual season begins. Although he isn’t expected to make a tremendous impact, being a rookie, it’s important that Porter has some NBA game experience under his belt. Without any coaching, Randy Wittman and his staff will have a hard time defining Porter’s role. Hopefully we’ll get to see Porter suit up in a Wizards uniform in a week or so.