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Wizards top Nuggets in NBA summer league play, but lose Otto Porter Jr. to hamstring injury

(Associated Press)

UPDATE 6:30 P.M.: Per a Wizards spokesman, Porter officially has been ruled out of Wednesday night’s game and is day-to-day moving forward.


The Washington Wizards wrapped up the opening round of NBA summer league play in Las Vegas with a 97-69 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. Jan Vesely led the way with 18 points on 9-of-11 shooting, but first-round draft pick Otto Porter Jr. left the game after only 6 1/2 minutes after his right hamstring tightened up.

The Wizards have yet to make any official announcement on Porter’s injury, but according to an in-game live chat at, the team might hold him out Wednesday’s game if the injury doesn’t improve.

“I’ll definitely be safe with this,” Porter told reporters after the game in a video posted at “I really don’t know yet. I’ll see how I feel in the morning.

Not that it’s really serious, I just don’t want it to become serious.”

Porter added that he didn’t suffer the injury on one specific play, but that it “slowly happened.” He said that even if he misses the rest of summer league, he still will be in good shape entering training camp.

“I feel like I’m up to speed,” he said. “It only took me a couple days for me to actually be up to speed.”

Here’s a look at the interview with Porter that was posted at

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The Wizards went 1-2 in the opening round of summer league, earning the No. 12 seed in the single-elimination tournament that follows. Washington plays the 21st-seeded Memphis Grizzlies at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. With a win, the Wizards will face No. 5 Charlotte on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. With a loss, Washington will face the loser of Wednesday’s New Orleans-Denver game in their summer league finale on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.
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