Denver Nuggets rookie forward Michael Porter Jr. played extremely well in the first half of Game 4 against the Los Angeles Clippers but he disappeared in the second half. Porter scored 15 points in the first half against the Clippers but he wasn't a factor on the offensive side in the second half as he finished the game with 15 points.
When asked what happened in the second half, Porter had a simple explanation. "I just didn't touch the ball," Porter said, per ESPN. "They didn't do anything differently." Nikola Jokic scored 26 points, while Jamal Murray added 18 points but that wasn't enough for the Nuggets, who ended up losing 96-85.
Porter understands Jokic and Murray are the biggest stars on the team but other players need to be involved as well. "That is up to the playcalling, the coaches and whose hands they want to put the ball in," Porter said.
"We kept going to [Jokic] and [Murray] and they are two amazing players, but I just think to beat them we need to get more players involved. We have to move the ball a little bit better. We can't be predictable against that team."
Porter looking forward to Game 5
Porter is planning to speak with coaches and see how he can help the team win Game 5 and reduce the deficit to 3-2. "I think if I am going to be out there on the floor playing a lot of minutes, I think I should voice that," he said.
"I will probably talk to the coaches and tell them what I see being out there on the floor just letting them know, look, they know what we are doing. We have to swing the ball. We have a lot of players that can play basketball and score, so we have to get some more guys involved."
The round earlier, the Nuggets trailed 3-1 to the Utah Jazz after the opening four games. The Nuggets are now hoping to pull off the same thing against the Clippers and recover from a 3-1 deficit. "The same message will be what it was against Utah," Nuggets coach Mike Malone said.
"It wasn't that we have to come back and win three games. It was, let's win Game 5. And then after that, let's win one at a time. Let's win 6 and then win 7. We have done it. It is a different opponent. Very talented, deep team, but I think we do have confidence in being a resilient group and being a team that when everyone else has written us off, we have found a way."