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Warriors are making big changes to Big Man’s Game 1 status

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If you were to ask which Golden State Warriors player made the greatest measurable positive impact on the pitch this postseason, Otto Porter might not be the first name that springs to mind for fans. However, that doesn’t change the fact that the numbers say it’s true.

In his 10 appearances to date, the Warriors have bested their playoff opponents with a whopping 14.4 points per 100 possessions when Porter was on the court, which is easily the best mark on the entire team. As a frame of reference, you could add the net ratings of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole and the number would only come out at 5.8.

While the Dubs were able to win their Game 6 fight against the Grizz without him, there were major concerns about the veteran’s future availability.

Thankfully, Golden State just released a positive update on Porter’s injury status for Game 1 of their Western Conference Finals series against the Mavericks.

After the Warriors’ light practice on Sunday, head coach Steve Kerr was optimistic in his assessment of Porter’s injury recovery and said he was “hopeful” about the player’s return. A day later, Kerr hinted that the 28-year-old would likely be available for Wednesday’s opener against Dallas.

Porter, who averaged 8.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals per match during the regular season, was a full practice participant Monday, and Kerr liked what he saw of him.

“He looked good,” Kerr said of Porter. “I just spoke to him, he said he feels fine. I’d say he’s probably for Game 1.”

Porter suffered pain in his right foot in the first half of the Dubs’ Game 5 loss to the Grizzlies last week. After playing just 12 minutes in the competition, he was eliminated early and was replaced by Nemanja Bjelica to start the second half of the game.

He had played a key role in helping the team win their last two games against Memphis, hitting a total of seven triples and averaging 25 points.

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The Warriors will host the fourth annual California Classic Summer League at the Chase Center on July 2-3, according to a club announcement Monday. Golden State for the two-day event includes the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and Sacramento Kings.

“The California Classic features rookies selected in the 2022 NBA Draft playing in their first NBA games, along with sophomores, selected free agents and other players competing for the NBA and NBA G League regular season rosters.” , says the press release. “The California Classic began in 2018 and has been hosted by the Sacramento Kings at the Golden 1 Center for the past three years.”

The Warriors still plan to compete in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas later this month.


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