Third-year striker Michael Porter Jr. recorded just three points in the Nuggets’ 115-95 loss to the Blazers in Game Four before Game 5. Porter explained he was focused on getting back on track on Tuesday.
After Porter’s early-week media readiness, The Oregonian’s Jeffrey Arnold highlighted the sweet-shot comments.
“It’s up to me to be aggressive. I can’t let myself be as small as I was in the last few games,” Porter Jr. said on Monday. “It was a learning experience for me. I will learn sooner or later and it will be a different game tomorrow.”
Regarding his overall approach, Porter explained that he had to fight through adversity when the series returned to Denver.
“Forcing my will Don’t let the game plan or the player or two players take me out of what I’m doing,” Porter Jr. said Monday. “I don’t allow”
Coach Michael Malone reflects on Porter’s thoughts.
“He has to help himself,” Malone said on Monday. “Michael has to be more aggressive. more physically.”
Prior to Game 4, Porter scored a double-digit total in the first three games of the series. The Blazers and Nuggets crossed paths for Game 5 at 6 p.m. PT.
You can read Arnold’s full story at The Oregonian.