“This Is Why You Take This Game Seriously”: Warriors Fans Furious After Injury Adds Salt to Wounds After Massive Loss to Grizzlies in Game 5

Published 05/12/2022, 1:17 AM EDT
Nov 30, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) drives to the basket against Golden State Warriors forward Otto Porter Jr. (32) during the second quarter at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Otto Porter Jr. has been vital for the Golden State Warriors in this series. If someone helped them beat the Grizzlies in the rebound battle, it was him. He hasn’t been part of the starting lineup, but his continued production has helped the Warriors get a 3-1 lead. But now, they have fallen into a deep hole as Porter Jr. was not available anymore for Game 5.

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Otto Porter Jr. was ruled out for the rest of the match due to right foot soreness, according to Warriors reporter John Dickinson. He played 12 minutes before leaving. Although he didn’t score any points and had 0-3 shooting with two personal fouls conceded.

It has been excruciating for the Warriors since then. The Grizzlies were leading by 50+ points at one time. The current score is 128-89 still( Update: Final Score was 95-134). Golden State has been torn apart by Memphis in Game 5. What should have been an entry to the finals is now a nightmare.

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Twitter reaction to Porter’s injury

Oct 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo (4) and Golden State Warriors forward Otto Porter Jr. (32) fight for a loose ball during the third quarter at Staples Center. The Warriors won 111-99. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

Fans have been reacting to this in various ways. Most are saying it’s a huge blow for them as he helped his team beat the Grizzlies in rebounds. The Warriors are anyway getting torn apart on the field. Now, they are being dragged on social media. These are some reactions from NBA Twitter :

Otto Porter Jr for the Warriors

Mar 22, 2022; Orlando, Florida, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Otto Porter Jr. (32) and Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony (50) go after the loose ball during the second half at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Otto Porter became an important role player for them this season. He averages 8.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Porter, also, shoots 37% from beyond the three-point arc which is pretty respectable for a role player. It makes it a solid comeback season for the 28-year-old as injuries forced him to play limited minutes. For the Warriors, he had played 63 games, most since 2017-18.

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Against the Grizzlies, he has been getting 4.3 rebounds per game. He played 24 minutes and got 13 points in Game 3. Porter put up similar numbers in Game 4 and got 12 points in 26 minutes. Moreover, he has been very good from beyond the three point line. A three point percentage of 60 and 66.7 is just mad, even for a role player.

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Will Otto Porter Jr. come back for the next game? Will he save the Warriors like Wilt Chamberlain? Only time can tell.

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Aditya Kar

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Aditya Kar is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. A holder of Bachelors and Masters degrees in History, he has been a fan of the NBA since 2011. He has a very keen interest in the stories that define the league and the sport.

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