On today’s weekend edition of Daily Digits, the magic number is:
That is the number of points Bobby Portis scored in his Wizards debut last night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Portis wasn’t just efficient shooting the basketball where he went 12-of-18 from the field and 4-of-6 from the three-point line. Portis added 6 rebounds and 2 assists in an all-around strong performance off the bench.
You can watch highlights of Portis’ debut in the video above.
There is something else amazing about Portis’ performance as well. He just became the first NBA player to score 30 or more points in back-to-back games he played while playing for different teams. Portis scored 33 points against the Charlotte Hornets on Feb. 2 for the Chicago Bulls.
Bobby Portis had 33 points in his final game as a Bull and 30 points in his first game as a Wizard.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 9, 2019
He's the 1st player in NBA history with back-to-back 30-point games for different franchises within a season. H/T @EliasSports pic.twitter.com/XpsHmKYNy1
Tonight, Portis has a chance to extend that streak, coincidentally against the Bulls. Many Wizards fans thought of him as “cap filler” or the guy who once knocked down Tomas Satoransky mid-air before Friday.
But some players get redemption with the Wizards’ fan base like Drew Gooden, who once hated the idea of coming to D.C. in 2010, only to find himself as a cheered member of the “AARP Unit” off the bench four years later. Maybe, just maybe, Bobby Portis could also be part of that club.