May 17 update: Porter Jr. is not on the injury report, so he’s available for Game 1 against the Mavericks Wednesday.
May 16 update: Porter Jr. is probable for Game 1 against the Mavericks Wednesday, according to head coach Steve Kerr.
May 13 update: Porter Jr. has been ruled out for Friday’s Game 6 with a foot injury.
May 13 update: Porter Jr. is listed as questionable with his foot injury for Game 6. He is considered a game-time decision for the Warriors as they attempt to close out the Grizzlies in the second round.
The Golden State Warriors have ruled Otto Porter Jr. out for the rest of Game 5 against the Memphis Grizzlies with a foot injury. The forward has been a key part of the team’s rotation, so this could be a problem down the line for Golden State.
Otto Porter Jr. (foot) is out for the remainder of the game.— Mark Haynes (@markhaynesnba) May 12, 2022
The Warriors have started Porter Jr. to begin the second half of most games this postseason, but Nemanja Bjelica got the nod over the forward. Porter Jr. has shined in the last two games for the Warriors, averaging 12.5 points and shooting 63.6 percent from behind the arc.
With Porter Jr. out, look for Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody to take on most of the minutes at the small forward spot. The Warriors are down big here, so eventually the benches will get emptied. Andre Iguodala is still not back from his injury, and there’s no reason to risk his health in a blowout.