Michael Porter Jr. ‘plays differently’; “My teammates gave me confidence”

Porter Jr. thanks his teammates.

The Denver Nuggets defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 134-116 in a 2023-2024 NBA regular season game at the Mile High City Ballpark on Sunday (Nov. 7). The win was their third straight.

Michael Porter Jr (208 cm, F) had a very slow start to the season, averaging 10.8 points, eight rebounds, and two assists on 39% shooting from the field and 31% shooting from three-point range in the first five games. However, he turned it around in the next two games, averaging 25.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 55% shooting from the field and 50% from three-point range, and continued his uptick with 22 points, nine rebounds and three assists against New Orleans.

Coming off the bench, Porter Jr. started the game on a high note, hitting a step-back three-pointer just 32 seconds into the game. His next shot missed the rim, but he energized the team with five straight points, and he made both of his second-quarter attempts to finish with 11 points in the first half.

In the second half, Porter Jr. made the most of his opportunities. He capitalized on the opportunities created by his teammates. In the fourth quarter, he was aggressive on offense, drawing fouls from his opponents. Porter Jr.’s performance helped Denver win their third straight game. The Nuggets maintained their hold on first place in the West.

After the game, Porter Jr. spoke with Clutch Point about the change in his game. “I started the season very poorly. But my teammates gave me confidence. I wasn’t playing well, but my teammates were playing well, and that made me realize what kind of basketball we’re trying to play and what level of basketball we’re trying to play,” he said.

“Last season, we were champions. We’re off to a great start this season. This is the level of a champion. We’re going to do our best to maintain this level of play.” 보스토토 주소

Meanwhile, after the win, head coach Michael Malone announced that Jamal Murray (191 cm, G) would be out for the rest of the season, saying, “Murray could miss a couple games”. With Murray out, Porter Jr.’s role will be even more important. Porter Jr. will have to fill the void left by Murray.


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