Magical Pixels, Wizards vs. Grizzlies: A loss, sure, but OTTO PORTER!!!

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The Wizards saw their six-game winning streak come to an end against the Grizzlies, but that doesn't matter, because OTTO PORTER made a three, and then ANOTHER THREE, y'all.

That picture was the closest thing I could find to one from the Wizards-Grizzlies game featuring Otto Porter, but it's kind of a perfect representation of the role he actually played: supporting, in the background.

And yet, #WizardsTwitter was all, well, atwitter about Porter's six points because a) they came on two wild three-pointers (see video of both below) and b) frankly, it was the most we've thus seen of the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Midway through the second quarter, with the Wizards missing Nene, Kevin Seraphin and Martell Webster, and Chris Singleton playing like he was the answer on offense (when he wasn't), tweets started showing up wondering what Porter had to do to get into the game. Then, he got into the game. Porter didn't exactly fill up the stat sheet, but he played solid defense, and his two threes doubled as two of the bigger shots of the game.

The first came early in the fourth quarter, with the Wiz trailing 81-64. With the shot clock winding down, Porter recovered a loose ball, dribbled out beyond the three-point line, and launched his awkward-looking jumper. Swish.

The second three was even bigger. With 1:17 to play, the Wizards were already on a 16-5 run, but still trailed 102-95 when Trevor Ariza found Porter wide open above the break. Splash. This is when #WizardsTwitter lost its collective mind.

As imperfect as plus/minus stats are, especially over the course of one game, Porter's plus-13 was the best on the team. In fact, he was the only Wizard to finish with a positive plus/minus against the Grizz. Certainly not definitive, but I'd say it's enough for Porter to have earned some more playing time moving forward, eh?


Home team recaps: BF StoryStreamWashington PostAP | CSN Washington (recapsidebar) | Wiz of AwesWizards.comMonumental Network

Road team recaps: Grizzly Bear BluesThe Commerical Appeal3 Shades Of BlueBeale Street Bears

Game highlights

Postgame interviews: Randy WittmanJohn WallOtto PorterBradley BealMarcin GortatTrevor ArizaTayshaun Prince


2 - Three pointers made by Otto Porter against the Grizzlies, which was two more than he'd previously made his entire NBA career.

28 - The Grizzlies' scoring advantage in the paint, where they outscored the Wizards 62-34.



Excited Buck is the best kind of Buck. (H/T @adammcginnis)


God bless Photoshop.



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