2022 Western Conference finals: Warriors updates from practice

SAN FRANCISCO — Otto Porter Jr. appears to be on track to be cleared to play the start of the next round of the playoffs after soreness in his foot his sidelined him toward the end of the Warriors ‘series against the Grizzlies.

Porter was a full participant in Monday’s practice at Chase Center and spotted Monday afternoon shooting after some of his teammates had left the court.

“He looked good,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Just talked to him, he said he feels good.”

Porter is “probable” for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Mavericks, Kerr said.

Porter has missed the last game and a half due to soreness in his right foot that flared up during the Warriors’ Game 5 blowout loss Wednesday night. He had slowly been working his way back from the injury, doing some light court activity, including agility exercises and shooting, but Monday was his first full practice.

Mike Brown, who served as the Warriors head coach in Kerr’s absence, recently said he wasn’t sure whether Porter’s foot discomfort was the result of one play in particular or the wear and tear of the postseason.

Porter and his aggressive rebounding had been key to the Warriors’ success in the first four games of the Western Conference semifinals series against the Grizzlies. He averaged 6.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in five games off the bench in the last series.

Porter wasn’t able to contribute during Game 6 Friday night at Chase Center, but the Warriors managed to fend off the young Grizzlies to advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time in three years. The Warriors will host the Mavericks for Game 1 and 2 of the conference finals, which begins Wednesday, before the series will move to Dallas.

Porter has dealt with a series of injuries throughout his career, but the flare-up of soreness in his right foot appears to be a new issue. The last time he had an injury to his right foot his was in 2018.

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Kerr wasn’t surprised to see the Mavericks obliterate the Suns by 33 points on Sunday to advance to the Western Conference finals.

“They’re a hell of a team,” Kerr said. “Dallas was really impressive, played a perfect game and they’ll come in here with a lot of confidence, I’m sure for Game 1.”

Mavericks star Luka Doncic took over the seven-game series against the Suns, averaging 32.6 points, 9.9 rebounds, seven assists and 2.1 steals per game.

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