WASHINGTON — Matching up against the Sixers won’t be a problem, according to the Wizards’ Otto Porter Jr.
When asked how the positionless players of the Sixers affect Washington’s strategy to match up in tonight’s season opener at Capital One Arena, Porter didn’t seem fazed.
“It’s not going to affect us at all,” he said Wednesday morning. “They’ve got to worry about our matchups, too.”
Philadelphia native Markieff Morris is recovering from hernia surgery and will not play tonight. Washington coach Scott Brooks has kept quiet on who will start at the four-position in Morris’ absence.
Jason Smith, the 7-foot former Sixer, is a likely candidate for the first-unit spot against Philadelphia since he started in four of the Wizards’ five preseason games.
Porter has been working to expand his defensive skills so that he can guard multiple positions, and confirmed that he will start at small forward tonight. But he also promised that you will see him move around on defense against the Sixers.
“Preseason, you kind of put a little bit to the test, but tonight, you’re definitely going to see it,” Porter said.