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Scott Brooks says the Wizards need Otto Porter to be more aggressive on offense

Scott Brooks says the Wizards need Otto Porter to be more aggressive on offense

Otto Porter is often praised for his ability to impact a game without the ball in his hands, as he can help the Wizards win without needing the touches John Wall or Bradley Beal get.

But sometimes that deferential mindset can backfire and Monday against the Bucks was one of those times if you ask head coach Scott Brooks.

Brooks certainly said as much after their 104-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. When asked if the Wizards need to run more plays to get Porter open, Brooks took it in a different direction.

"We would like to see Otto get more [shots], but Otto needs to help himself get more," Brooks said. "The bottom-line is that Otto needs to get himself open and be ready to catch and shoot and get more shots."

Point guard John Wall is on the court with Porter very often and he sees it similarly.

"We just have to do a better job at getting Otto the ball, but he’s also gotta do a better job himself at just being aggressive when he gets it," Wall said.

Porter, who finished with just eight points in 31 minutes on Monday, attempted only eight shots. Three of those were from three-point range and he missed each of them. He did have six rebounds, three steals and two assists, but Porter knows he can be more valuable as a scorer.

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Porter is currently not providing much as the Wizards' third scoring option. He is averaging just 8.9 points in his last seven games, well below his 13.9 points per game season average. During that stretch he has shot just 37.7 percent from the field and 20.8 percent from three.

Porter, though to be fair, did miss a game on Jan. 6 with a right hip strain and tight back, a combination of injuries he has been dealing with periodically in his career. Though he missed only one full game, Porter explained after Monday's loss how it is still affecting him, now four games back from the absence.

"I know I've only been out a [game], but I'm trying to slowly get back mentally and physically to where I was," he said. "I'm just trying to get back into rhythm. The more you play, the more you get into rhythm. I'm trying to get back into my niche with John, Brad, [Markieff Morris] and Marcin [Gortat]."

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The biggest difference, Porter said, is that he doesn't have his legs back. He isn't able to get the same burst coming off screens in the halfcourt set and isn't up to full speed running the fastbreak with Wall, Beal and the rest of the Wizards' team. Wall is one of the best in the NBA at finding guys open shots in transition and Porter usually feasts off those opportunities. At this moment, he isn't able to like he normally does.

Porter has been working on his core strength to combat the stiffness and discomfort that comes from his hip from time to time. And as part of that recovery, the Wizards' coaching staff is trying to limit his minutes when they can.

When Porter is on the court, there are certainly ways the Wizards can help him get more shots by running plays with him in mind. But, as Brooks tells it, Porter has to take advantage when they do run those plays.

Porter seems confident it will just take time for him to get back to 100 percent, but the Wizards would like to see him be more aggressive.

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Wizards at Mavericks Game 1: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

Wizards at Mavericks Game 1: Time, TV Channel, Live stream, how to watch

The Wizards head to Dallas for their regular-season opener. Bradley Beal will lead this new-look Washington group against one of the league's most dynamic duos in Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis.

Here is everything you need to know.

WIZARDS vs. MAVERICKS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Dallas Mavericks, 2019 NBA Season Game 1

Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX.

When: 8:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Wizards vs. Mavericks game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Mavericks on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. MAVERICKS TV SCHEDULE

7:30 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

8:00 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

8:30 PM: Wizards vs. Mavericks (LIVE)

11:00 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)

11:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

WIZARDS vs. MAVERICKS INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: John Wall (left Achilles rehab – out), Troy Brown Jr. (left calf strain – out), Ian Mahinmi (right Achilles strain – out), Isaiah Thomas (left thumb rehab – out), C.J. Miles (left foot rehab – out)

Mavericks: Dwight Powell (left hamstring strain – out), Ryan Broekhoff (right ankle sprain – questionable)

WIZARDS vs. MAVERICKS SERIES HISTORY 

Number of all-time Meetings: 75

Regular Season Record: Mavericks lead Wizards 43-32

Last Meeting: 3/6/19, Wizards won 132-123

Last 10: Mavericks lead 8-2

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Troy Brown Jr. on Bradley Beal's extension, making a name for the Wizards

Troy Brown Jr. on Bradley Beal's extension, making a name for the Wizards

WASHINGTON -- The Wizards hoped Bradley Beal's decision to sign a contract extension last week would send a message to the younger players on the team. According to second-year veteran Troy Brown Jr., it already has. 

Brown, 20, said he was part of a group of players that cheered Beal when he arrived at the team's practice facility over the weekend, the day after news broke. 

"I was happy," Brown said. "We just appreciate him."

Brown's biggest takeaways from Beal's new contract, which will keep him in Washington through at least the 2021-22 season, involved the commitment he has made. Even as a two-time All-Star in his prime, he is willing to see through what the Wizards are trying to build.

That helped bolster Brown's opinion of the Wizards as an organization.

"It's good to see guys like Brad stay home," Brown said. "Like he talked about, he got drafted here. It makes younger guys like me, Thomas [Bryant] and Rui [Hachimura] feel good about the city, just to see the leader of our team taking that extension when he does have other options."

Like Beal, Brown is a first round pick. The Wizards selected him 15th overall in the 2018 draft, six years after they took Beal with the third pick in 2012. Beal has been around long enough to know exactly what it takes to be a star player in the NBA.

Brown has paid close attention and believes Beal can help him and the other young players on the team find success in the league.

"He leads by example every day. He comes in, works hard and is very vocal. Even if he's not talking a lot in practice, he's going hard," Brown said. 

"It's just one of those things where every time you know what you're going to get out of him. You don't really have to worry about Brad's effort or being a leader because he's going to do that every day."

What Beal has done is essentially say he's ready to be patient and help guide the Wizards through a transition period. While other NBA stars probably would have forced their way out of the situation he's in, Beal is laying down roots with confidence the team's new front office structure and philosophy will pay dividends down the road.

Beal has spoken about how he wants to build something new in Washington where the NBA franchise hasn't won 50 games or been to the conference finals since the 1970s. Brown has fallen in line, hoping to be part of a basketball renaissance in The District.

"We're all young guys in the league, but at the same time we understand the stuff that's going on with D.C. [with the Nationals, Capitals and Mystics]. It's not irrelevant to us. We want to make a name for the Wizards. I feel like with us, we take it more personal than other people do. We just want to turn this thing around," he said.

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