The early signs that there was something wrong with Otto Porter's right hip came after Saturday's game vs. the Miami Heat when he played 37 minutes, carried over to Monday's game with the Phoenix Suns and led to him being held out of practice Tuesday.
Porter left the Wizards' 106-101 win vs. the Suns, playing a season-low 23 minutes and falling short of a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. Coach Scott Brooks is likely to hold him out more to see if his starting small forward can overcome inflammation in the area.
The Wizards don't play again until Friday at the Orlando Magic.
With a new, forward-thinking medical staff in place, they're managing players on and off the court in a different way. Porter's status, given that he had a right hip strain to delay to start his rookie season in 2013 and a small tear in his labrum last season that he played through but caused him to miss time, warrants close attention. Sixty-nine games are left in the regular season.
"It's just the way the game is being played, your ability to monitor workloads, we've never had this when I played or six or seven years ago," Brooks said of the analytics and other measures to help the medical and coaching staffs. "The technology is helping that. You kind of know where our guys workloads and fatigue levels are. I plan our practices accordingly. We try not to waste minutes, try to be real efficient in all the work we do and just focus on the important things."
Because Brooks has used small lineups frequently, Porter has averaged a career-high 34.4. When he goes to three guards, Porter is usually the stretch option at power forward against the opponents' backup at that spot. Fortunately for Porter, his hip hasn't required any surgical procedues and he'll be listed as day-to-day.
If he's not able to go Friday, that would likely elevate Kelly Oubre but the Wizards are hopeful that a cooling off period with an emphasis on treatment does the trick.
Markieff Morris (right foot/ankle) didn't practice Tuesday, either. He only logged just nine minutes Saturday when he rolled it and was on the court for just 26 vs. Phoenix.