Otto Porter Jr. Ruled Out After Suffering Knee Injury in Wizards vs. Pacers

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 11, 2018

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 25:  Otto Porter Jr. #22 of the Washington Wizards reacts during the second half of Game Five against the Toronto Raptors in Round One of the 2018 NBA playoffs at Air Canada Centre on April 25, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)'n
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The Washington Wizards will be without Otto Porter Jr. for the time being after the veteran forward suffered a right knee contusion in Monday's game against the Indiana Pacers, the Wizards announced.

Porter has steadily developed into one of Washington's key players in the six years since he was drafted No. 3 overall. The 25-year-old set career highs in scoring (14.7 points per game) and three-point percentage (44.1) last season.

Only Indiana's Darren Collison (46.8 percent) and Detroit's Reggie Bullock (44.5) were better from behind the arc in 2017-18. 

The 2018-19 campaign has been a step back for Porter, who is averaging just 12.2 points and shooting 36.8 percent behind the arc. 

The Wizards are hoping to turn their season around after a 2-9 start. They've since improved and sit 10th in the Eastern Conference at 11-15 (entering Monday). John Wall and Bradley Beal will carry the offense as high as it will go. 

Porter is an excellent third option because of his shooting prowess. Kelly Oubre Jr. will likely see an increase in playing time for head coach Scott Brooks until they get Porter back. 

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