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Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. is not quite yet ready to get back into the starting lineup, as head coach Scott Brooks says he wants to keep the player in rhythm.
Porter played well in the last game for the Wizards, scoring 20 points in a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.
In addition to the 20 points, Porter added six rebounds, five assists and three blocks. It was a much better outing than his previous game, where he scored 14 points but struggled from three-point range, going 0-for-5.
While Porter has been coming off the bench, Brooks has been going with veteran Trevor Ariza at small forward.
The 33-year-old has played well in place of Porter, averaging 14.1 points per game this season for the Wizards, who sit at 16-24, 11th in the Eastern Conference.
Porter is still looking to get back to 100 percent as he comes back from a 10-game absence due to right knee injury. In his three games since coming back, he’s played 14, 21 and 24 minutes.
Brooks wants to get Porter to about 30 minutes off the bench before he places him back in the starting lineup for good for Washington.