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Otto Porter on hanging out with J. Cole this summer, wanting to be a more vocal leader for Wizards

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Otto Porter on hanging out with J. Cole this summer, wanting to be a more vocal leader for Wizards

Otto Porter is by nature a quiet guy, someone who likes to lead by example. His personality runs parallel to his basketball game. He sets his ego aside, playing off of John Wall and Bradley Beal as a complementary piece willing to do whatever little things it takes on a given night to help the Wizards win.

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks loves Porter's game, but wants to see the 24-year-old come out of his shell a bit. After establishing himself as a legitimate No. 3 option and one of the best three-point shooters in basketball, Brooks hopes Porter can take on a larger leadership role.

"Coach came to me and said he wants me to be a lot more vocal," Porter said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast. "Defensively… and just all-around, I have to make sure I have a great presence on and off the court. That has started with training camp."

Porter feels he can follow those instructions from Brooks, despite the fact he is used to being reserved and introverted.

"I can be. I've always been kind of quiet and not vocal. Things are starting to change," he said.

Porter is used to expressing himself on the basketball court. Off the court he is passionate about music and cars. Porter said during the summer he often travels to Memphis from his home in Missouri to listen to soul and jazz music. Porter has been playing drums since he was a kid and recently was gifted a custom bass guitar from his uncle, who is a skilled carpenter. He hopes to emulate the style of B.B. King as he learns the instrument.

"I've got a good ear for things," he said.

This summer he was able to hang out with the rapper J. Cole, who often addresses social issues in his lyrics. The two didn't just talk music.

"We have a lot of good mutual friends. I was able to meet up with J. Cole. That's my favorite artist, by the way. It was amazing to get the chance to meet him and talk to him a little bit about life and what's going on in America. He's very smart and intelligent," Porter said.

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For more on Porter's summer hanging with celebrities, working on his three-pointer and refurbishing old cars, check out the Wizards Tipoff podcast:

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Otto Porter's status in doubt for Game 6 against Raptors

Otto Porter's status in doubt for Game 6 against Raptors

There appears to be at least some chance the Wizards will be without starting small forward Otto Porter when they host the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of their first round playoff series on Friday night in Washington.

Porter, 24, continues to deal with a right lower leg strain. The injury is located on the outside of his calf and will require further testing from the Wizards' medical staff to determine his status.

Head coach Scott Brooks addressed the media on Thursday and did not rule out an MRI.

"We don't know as of yet, but he's banged up. So, hopefully we will find out some good news and see how he feels tomorrow," Brooks said.

Porter first suffered the injury on April 10 against the Celtics in the Wizards' penultimate regular season game. He missed the regular season finale, but has appeared in all five games of the Wizards-Raptors series.

Brooks did not make it seem likely that Porter will miss Game 6, but expressed uncertainty.

"Anything is possible," he said. "We hope for the best."

Porter appeared hobbled in Game 5 and has at other times this series as well. After the first two games of the series, Brooks was asked about Porter's health and said that he was "100 percent." It's unclear if Porter suffered a setback in the time between, but clearly that isn't the case anymore.

Porter is averaging just 10.0 points in this series, down from his 14.7 per game season average. Ideally, the Wizards would be getting more than that from their third scoring option.

"We need Otto," Brooks said. "We need Otto to be more of a nine or 10-point scorer for us to win this series."

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Fourth quarter has been an issue for the Wizards in series vs. Raptors

Fourth quarter has been an issue for the Wizards in series vs. Raptors

It was all going so well for the Wizards in Game 5 on Wednesday night until just over four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. That's when their offense went from good enough to win to bad enough to alter a series and put their 2017-18 season on life support.

The Wizards head back to Washington down 3-2 and have only themselves to blame. From the 4:05 mark in the fourth quarter all the way until 16.2 seconds remining in the game, they did not score a single point. Meanwhile, the Raptors kept rolling and finished that stretch on a 14-5 run. 

The Wizards missed 11 of their final 15 shots. They stopped moving the ball and moving off the ball and even some of their open shots clanged off the backboard or the rim.

It was a stunning display of offensive ineptitude from a team that was above average in scoring during the regular season. 

"We just missed some shots," guard Bradley Beal said. "We feel like we got some good ones, especially down the stretch."

The Wizards managed 20 points in the fourth quarter and 15 came in the first 7:55 of the frame. That would put them on pace for a solid quarter. If they maintained that course, they may have won the game.

Instead, the fourth quarter amounted to a disaster and it cost them dearly. Teams that lose Game 5 to break a 2-2 tie have a 17.2 percent chance of winning the series, based on the league's history.

Otto Porter went scoreless and took one shot in the fourth quarter of Game 5. John Wall had two of his seven turnovers and shot 2-for-6.

"I had two crucial turnovers trying to split screens in the fourth quarter," Wall said. "Just bad reads on my part."

Beal shot 1-for-6 from the field and 1-for-4 from three. Kelly Oubre, Jr., who shot just 40.3 percent from the field during the regular season, took six shots in the fourth quarter, tied for most on the team. He made two of them and missed all three of his threes.

The Wizards had six of their 18 giveaways in the fourth. Though they outrebounded the Raptors 50-35 for the game, they were outdone 15-12 in the frame.

The Wizards' scoreless drought of three minutes and 49 seconds in the fourth quarter was perhaps foreshadowed by some problems with their offense early in the game. There were plenty of stretches characterized by bad shots, turnovers and a lack of passing.

The Wizards' 21 assists in Game 5 were their fewest in the playoffs so far.

"We need more ball movement," Beal said. "We need more player movement. We were way too stagnant."

The fourth quarter has been an issue all series. Only once, in Game 2, did they outscore the Raptors in the final frame. 

The Wizards rank 14th out of 16 playoff teams in fourth quarter points (23.4/g) and dead-last with a 40.4 field goal percentage and 28.1 three point percentage.

This is a bit of a carryover from the regular season. Only five teams shot worse than the Wizards in the fourth quarter (43.7%) and only five teams allowed more points (26.5) to their opponents.

Washington has had issues closing games all year and throughout this series. Wednesday night was an extreme example and it has them just one loss away from elimination.

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