Porter finished Sunday's Game 4 against the Suns with 20 points (7-16 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, three steals and a block.
Porter was questionable coming in as he continues to nurse a sore back, but he played through the discomfort and reached the 20-point plateau for the first time in the series. The Missouri product was clearly bothered by his back for all four games, and whether it continues to be an issue going forward will be something to monitor closely. Back problems caused Porter to fall in the 2018 NBA Draft and cost him his entire rookie season, but until recently he had avoided any significant concerns. If he's able to stay healthy, Porter will be a popular breakout candidate in fantasy circles next season -- especially with Jamal Murray (knee) likely to miss a large swath of the regular season.
Porter (back) will play and start in Friday's Game 3 against the Suns, Harrison Wind of TheDNVR.com reports.
Porter was given a probable designation ahead of Game 3, so this decision is relatively unsurprising. He has been hampered by a sore lower back since Game 1, but should take on his usual role assuming he avoids any setbacks.
Porter (back) is probable for Game 3 against the Suns on Friday, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports.
Porter will likely continue to be available in Game 3 despite a sore lower back that has hampered his play to start the series. If he's indeed given the green light to play, the 22-year-old will look to get things going at home in Denver after he shot 34.6 percent from the field in the first two games of the series in Phoenix.
Porter finished Wednesday's Game 2 loss to the Suns with 11 points (3-13 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds and an assist in 28 minutes.
In order to compete in the series, the Nuggets simply need Porter to step up as a legitimate No. 2 option alongside Nikola Jokic. Through two games, the 22-year-old has struggled to do so, but his sore lower back -- which landed him questionable on the injury report entering Wednesday -- may be partially to blame. Porter will have only one off day before the series shifts to Denver for Game 3 on Friday night. If healthy, Porter is capable of heating up at a moment's notice, but if his jumpshot isn't falling, he typically doesn't offer much else in terms of fantasy production.
Porter (back) is available for Wednesday's Game 2 at Phoenix, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports.
Coach Michael Malone said before the game that he expected the 22-year-old to play, and Porter apparently had no issues while going through warmups. Porter has averaged 18.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 34.1 minutes during the playoffs.
Coach Michael Malone said Porter (back) feels better and is expected to play in Wednesday's Game 2 against the Suns, Gerald Bourquet of FanSided.com reports.
The 22-year-old is officially considered questionable after the injury cropped up during the closing stages of Game 1, though it appears he'll be available, barring a setback during warmups. Porter totaled 15 points (6-13 FG, 3-8 3Pt), seven rebounds and two assists over 31 minutes during the first game of the series.
Porter is questionable for Wednesday's Game 2 against the Suns due to lower back tightness, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports.
Porter was dealing with the issue toward the end of Game 1, and he ended up playing just 31 minutes. If Porter is ruled out, more minutes would be available for Paul Millsap and JaMychal Green.
Porter registered 26 points (10-19 FG, 6-12 3Pt), five rebounds, four assists and a steal across 34 minutes in Thursday's win over the Blazers.
Porter reached the 25-point mark for the third game of the series and for the second consecutive time, so he should head to the Western Conference Semifinals on a strong note. The versatile forward averaged 18.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game during the first-round series against the Blazers, but those scoring numbers decreased since he scored just three points in Game 4. Otherwise, he would've easily surpassed the 20-point mark in terms of the scoring average.
Porter delivered 26 points (10-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals across 48 minutes in Tuesday's double-overtime win over the Trail Blazers.
Porter drained a clutch three-pointer in the second overtime to pull the Nuggets away for good, but the forward did more than that -- he missed just three shots all game long and bounced back after a woeful outing in Game 4. Porter has now scored at least 15 points in four of his five playoff games and has scored at least 25 points in two of those contests.
Porter managed 15 points (5-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes during Thursday's 120-115 win over the Blazers.
The 22-year-old has regressed since popping off for 25 points in Game 1, scoring 18 and 15 points in Games 2 and 3, respectively. Still, Porter is providing solid stats for the Nuggets over the first three games of the series, averaging 19.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 three-pointers and 1.0 steals on 48.9 percent field-goal shooting. The third-year forward will look to get back on track scoring-wise in Game 4 on Saturday.
Porter posted 18 points (5-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-5 FT), four rebounds, two steals and an assist across 33 minutes in Monday's 128-109 win over the Trail Blazers.
Although we saw spurts of effectiveness from Porter in the Game 2 win, his shooting stroke seems to abandon him, especially at the beginning. While his work in the secondary categories can often salvage his stat line, that wasn't the case Monday, as he turned in one of his lowest rebound totals of the season.
Porter closed with 25 points (12-21 FG, 1-10 3Pt), nine rebounds and two blocks in 37 minutes during Saturday's 123-109 loss to Portland.
Porter could simply not find his range from the perimeter in the loss, yet still managed to score an efficient 25 points. He also failed to get to the free-throw line, something that he certainly needs to work on if he is to take the next step in his career. Coming off a career-best season, Porter and the Nuggets will look to get back on track when they host Game 2 on Monday.
Porter managed nine points (3-8 FG, 3-6 3Pt) and three rebounds in 15 minutes during Sunday's 132-116 loss to the Blazers.
The 22-year-old ended his strong season on a low note over his past two games, averaging just 9.0 points and 4.5 rebounds while shooting 31.6 percent from the field in that span. Despite the poor ending, Porter had an outstanding season, averaging 19.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.8 three-pointers, 0.9 blocks and 0.7 steals through 61 games in his second NBA season. He'll look to carry over his stellar regular season into the NBA playoffs for the third-seeded Nuggets.
Porter has been ruled out for Thursday's game against Minnesota for rest purposes, Mike Singer of The Denver Post reports.
Porter had averaged 25.0 points and 5.6 rebounds in 34.2 minutes per game across his last five appearances, and he'll get a breather for the first half of a back-to-back set. Aaron Gordon, Shaquille Harrison and Vlatko Cancar should see increased run Thursday.
Porter registered 30 points (12-18 FG, 6-10 3Pt), six rebounds, two steals and one assist in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 117-112 win over the Hornets.
The 22-year-old has been on fire over his last three games, averaging 29.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.3 three-pointers and 2.0 steals while shooting 61.1 percent from the field in that span. Porter is delivering top-25 fantasy numbers through 59 games this season, producing solid points, rebounds, three-pointers and field-goal percentage with low-end defensive stats. The second-year forward will look to keep up his torrid scoring pace Thursday on the road against the Timberwolves.
Porter had 28 points (11-17 FG, 6-10 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists and two steals in Saturday's loss to the Nets.
While Denver blew a 15-point halftime advantage and suffered its third loss in the last four games, Porter has proven more than capable of functioning as the No. 2 scoring option in the absence of Jamal Murray (knee). He's topped 20 points in 14 of his last 17 games, averaging 24.6 points per game on 55.2 percent shooting (43.5 percent 3Pt) in that stretch. Over his last 10 appearances, Porter is hitting 4.3 three-pointers per game at a 49.4 percent clip.
Porter mustered 31 points (10-19 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 7-7 FT), six rebounds, two steals and an assist across 38 minutes in Friday's loss against the Jazz.
Porter carried the Nuggets offensively, and the small forward has been thriving of late with 23 or more points in seven of his last nine appearances. He has earned the right to work as the Nuggets' second-best scoring threat with Jamal Murray (knee) out for the season and has seen a spike in both his numbers and his usage rate as a result.
Porter posted 17 points (7-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt), six rebounds and three assists across 25 minutes in Wednesday's 113-97 win over the Knicks.
Porter's numbers continue to cool off, but his regression on Wednesday was simply due to lack of use. His services weren't required down the stretch, and he only logged 25 minutes on the court. While the Nuggets will continue to make a push for seeding, they won't do it at the expense of tiring their best players. Both Porter and Nikola Jokic could see their minutes cut in the coming week.
Porter produced 19 points (8-15 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), six rebounds and a steal across 40 minutes in Monday's 93-89 loss to the Lakers.
The regression game finally arrived for Porter after six stellar performances, but the entire team was to blame for the sub-par effort. The team showed productive spurts against the Lakers' defense with Porter's help and had a chance to win late, but it was an atypical night for Denver overall. Porter's dynamic play over the past couple of months are crucial to the team's success, and he will remain a key piece in Denver's postseason efforts.
Porter scored 25 points (10-16 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT) to go along with seven rebounds and five assists across 37 minutes in Saturday's win over the Clippers.
Porter has caught fire from three-point range of late, and he has drilled at least three triples in nine of his last 10 games. He has also remained a strong source of boards and blocks in that span, averaging 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 rejections per game. Perhaps most importantly, the team has shown no inclination to limit Porter as the regular season comes to a close, as he's played at least 35 minutes in each of his last six contests.
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|06/11||vs PHO||L 102-116||30||15||5||1||3||2||0|
|06/09||@ PHO||L 98-123||28||11||6||1||1||0||0|
|06/07||@ PHO||L 105-122||31||15||7||2||0||0||0|
|06/03||@ POR||W 126-115||34||26||5||4||1||1||0|
|06/01||vs POR||W 147-140||48||26||12||3||3||2||0|
|05/29||@ POR||L 95-115||23||3||5||0||2||0||0|
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