Portis put up nine points (3-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, one assist, and one block in 19 minutes during Monday's 108-89 loss to the Kings.
Portis played well, albeit in the limited minutes he was expected to see in his first game back after missing over a month with a sprained knee. He has proven he can deliver a decent stat line without earning a ton of minutes, which provides reason for optimism despite the crowded front-court. Portis and company have a few days to rest up for Thursday's matchup with the Magic.
Portis will have his playing time capped in the range of 20-24 minutes Monday night against the Kings, Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald reports.
As expected, Portis will face some limitations in his first game back from a long injury layoff, but he won't be restricted to the point that he can't make a tangible impact. The forward is still a rather risky DFS play, however, and it may take several games until his longer-term role is solidified.
Portis (knee) will make his return off the bench Monday night against the Kings, Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports.
Portis hasn't played in well over a month, last taking the court on Oct. 24 before going down with a sprained right knee. The Arkansas product has been working his way back up to full speed over the last several days, and he'll return in a bench capacity Monday, while likely facing a minutes restriction. Portis had a few notable games before the injury -- highlighted by a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double on opening night -- but it's unclear how he'll fit back into the rotation with Lauri Markkanen now healthy, and Jabari Parker still looming as an option at both forward spots.
Portis (knee) is out Saturday against the Celtics, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Portis is expected to be back soon, but his return won't occur Saturday. His next chance to take the floor arrives Monday against the Kings.
Portis (knee) is out Friday against the Thunder, Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports.
Portis went through a second straight day of full-contact practice Thursday, and there was hope he would be able to take the floor Friday. The team doesn't feel Portis is ready yet, and his next opportunity to take the floor arrives Saturday against the Celtics.
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