Otto Porter Jr. was ready to play his heart out on the basketball court but had to watch from the sidelines due to an injury sustained during Game 3 against the Dallas Mavericks.
It's that time of the year for basketball fans to witness the best of the East and the best of the West battle it out for the Larry O'Brien trophy. The match is set for Boston's finals-rookies to take on the veteran Warriors team.
With the stakes higher as they chase for banner number 7, the Golden State-based team was looking to loop their key players back in. In time for the first game of the 2022 NBA Finals, team injury updates were made.
Otto Porter Jr. during the game against the LA Clippers on October 21, 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco, California | Source: Getty Images
Before the series opener, Gary Payton II, Andre Iguodala, and Otto Porter Jr. were noted as "available to play." The young Celtics team came to play as they stunned the Warriors, outclassing the team in a 120-108 victory.
WAS OTTO PORTER JR. INJURED?
Porter had to watch the Warriors play from the sidelines after suffering a left foot injury during the second quarter of Game 3 against the Dallas Mavericks. He had x-rays to determine the severity of his injury, but the update on his health was not immediately shared.
His team continued the game without him for Game 4, where they lost with a 119-109 score. Their coach, Steve Kerr, said:
"He's still sore. Gotta make the wise decision here. This gives him a couple of days to prepare for a possible Game 5."
Porter previously suffered multiple injuries in the hand, shoulder, leg, back, and foot. He also sustained injuries that needed stitches in the past.
WHO IS OTTO PORTER JR.?
At the age of eleven, Porter began playing basketball while still in Scott County Central High School. He was influenced by his family members, who were also involved in the sport.
NBA fans have noticed Otto's striking resemblance to Wilt Chamberlain and are convinced that the two athletes are related.
Porter plays as #32 for the Golden State Warriors as a small forward. However, his NBA breakthrough came in 2017, when he signed a four-year contract with the Wizards that gained him $106.5 million.
Two years later, he was traded to Chicago and made his way to the Warriors. As of 2019, Otto ranks 85 on the "World's Highest-Paid Athletes" list.
In 24 minutes of action during Game 1, the Warriors' forward delivered 2 points and four rebounds. Despite the Georgetown graduate's efforts, he finishes with a -18 plus-minus while on the court.
Aside from his skill on the court, NBA fans have noticed Otto's striking resemblance to Wilt Chamberlain and are convinced that the two athletes are related. Chamberlain previously played as a center and was known for his 100-point game.
Fans went on social media to share their sentiments, including one Twitter user who wrote: "There's no convincing me that Wilt Chamberlain is not Otto Porter's father. There is no way!"
However, Porter is not Chamberlain's son. The Warriors' athlete was born to Otto Porter Sr. and Elnora Porter, who were basketball fanatics.