Daily Digits is a new daily feature we’re doing at Bullets Forever this year where we look at stats about the Wizards. We’ll dive into the numbers, add context, and discuss how they affect the product on the court.
Today’s stat is the number of games this season in which Otto Porter has missed over 10 shots, which is...
In hindsight, maybe Scott Brooks should have heaped lavish praise on Otto Porter before Thursday’s loss to the Warriors.
Scott Brooks was asked about why Otto Porter is so good against the Warriors pregame. His answer was semi-curt, like he didn't want it to be jinxed. Otto is 0-for-4 to start the game.— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) January 25, 2019
Porter had arguably his worst shooting night of the season, if not his career. He’s only had a handful of games in his entire career where he’s reached double-digits in missed shots, and it’s the first time he’s ever attempted 7 threes in a game without making one.
Golden State got lucky that Porter missed some of his open looks in the fourth quarter, but the Warriors’ defense exploited his inability to create separation earlier in the game. They could get away with putting a big on him on the perimeter because they could still contest his outside shots with their long arms even if he got them off balance because they knew he wouldn’t be able to get to the rim against them.
When Porter went to the block, they could stick Klay Thompson on him without having to worry about him getting a clean look.
There are only a few teams in the league who have the personnel to make Porter’s life so difficult, but when those games come, they need to do more than just hope for the best when he’s open. It’s great he’s finally being more aggressive shooting the ball, but now he has to develop his repertoire to maintain his efficiency while dealing with extra defensive attention.