The angst on Otto Porter's face couldn't be hidden in the third quarter as he struggled to get up the court to defend Kawhi Leonard in the Wizards' 114-95 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. His left thigh was too badly bruised to do anything tangible and had to be pulled.
"With Otto going out, another body down we just kept fighting," Wizards coach Randy Wittman said after he pulled Porter with 6:17 left in the third. "We just didn't have enough tonight."
When Leonard stole a pass from Wall and ran down the court for an uncontested layup, Porter appeared hesitant to step in front of him in fear of a collision. Porter winced as he switched onto David West and then watched Leonard drain a jumper over his contest. It was uncharacteristic of a player who is known for his hustle.
Porter made a pass and cut down the baseline on an offensive set to get the ball from Marcin Gortat, and his left leg appeared to buckle underneath him. He was gimpy the next time down the floor trying to defend Leonard, who made yet another jumper. His legs were unsteady.
"Having O.P. with his injuries right now, you saw him try to grind out right there," Jared Dudley said of Porter. "It's tough for him to move laterally to have to guard and to have to make plays."
Porter left with the score 71-60 and never returned. It was the second game in a row that he scored only two points. He'd scored a career-high 28 points over the weekend vs. the Dallas Mavericks.
The Wizards already have a litany of injuries: Nene (calf), Drew Gooden (calf), Alan Anderson (ankle) and Bradley Beal (leg).
John Wall revealed last week that when he was struggling in November, it was because of a right ankle sprain. He had to be carried off the court on Dec. 6 with a knee bruise but didn't miss any games.
The Wizards (10-14) probably will be off Thursday and return to practice Friday. Then it'll be clearer if Porter has any chance of playing in Saturday's home game vs. the Charlotte Hornets.