Porter update, Steph Curry grades Luka Dončić’s shimmy

DALLAS — Otto Porter Jr.’s availability for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals is in doubt after the Warriors forward limbed off the court Sunday night with a foot injury.

Coach Steve Kerr on Monday said Porter is “doubtful” to play in the Warriors’ possible series-clincher on Tuesday due to the injury.

Porter grimaced in pain and seemed to be favoring his left foot midway through the second quarter of the Warriors’ win Sunday. He eventually hobbled off the court and to the locker room with team trainers. The X-rays came back negative, though the extent of his injury his remains unclear.

“He wasn’t feeling terrible this morning but we’ll obviously be cautious with him,” Kerr said. “If it’s a close call, we wouldn’t play him.”

The fact there’s still a chance Porter might play after appearing to be in serious pain Sunday night is “definitely good news,” Kerr said.

“We’ll play it safe, we’ll see how it plays out,” he added.

Porter, 28, had been dealing with pain in his left heel since the Western Conference semifinals, an injury that forced him to miss the Warriors’ Game 6 win against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Porter’s rebounding and timely shooting off the bench has been an essential part of Golden State’s attack on both ends. In 13 games, he’s averaged 5.5 points on 46.7% shooting and 4.1 rebounds.

Dončić earns passing grade

Luka Dončić celebrated his 31-foot basket at the end of the first quarter with a little shoulder shimmy, replicating one of Stephen Curry’s signature moves.

Curry, who had missed a logo 3 just seconds prior to Dončić’s buzzer beater, missed the Mavericks star’s shoulder shake during the game, but one day later, Curry offered his thoughts on Dončić’s shimmy.

“It was phenomenal, A+,” Curry said. “He could’ve did it a little longer, though. That’s my only critique.”

After the Mavericks trailed the Warriors by 12 in the first quarter, Dončić’s triple at the buzzer pulled Dallas within three points. The momentum went into the Mavericks favor in the next quarter, but the Warriors were able to regain control of the game for the win.

Close-out keys

After a two-year absence from the playoffs, the Warriors are back on the doorstep of the NBA finals.

With a 3-0 lead in hand, Golden State has the opportunity to sweep the Mavericks Tuesday night.

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