In the aftermath of Tuesday’s 122-116 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, Nuggets coach Michael Malone revealed why Michael Porter Jr. hasn’t been with the team.
“It would be nice if we were fully healthy,” Malone began. “We were without two starters tonight. No Gary Harris, no Michael Porter. I don’t think we’ve been whole the whole year. JaMychal Green was out early. Michael Porter’s been out with COVID. And Gary was not here due to personal reasons.”
Porter has missed the last seven games, dating back to January 1 against the Suns. At first, Porter missed three games due to the NBA’s contact tracing protocol. And then last Thursday, when Porter was set to clear that initial quarantine, he was ruled out only hours before tip-off of the Mavericks game. He’s since missed four additional games.
The Denver Post reported that night that Porter was facing an additional 10 days of quarantine at minimum, due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
Porter was among numerous Nuggets players late to the “Bubble,” when he arrived in late July more than two weeks after the rest of the team did. Team officials later confirmed numerous cases of COVID, though Porter’s case was never specifically confirmed.
The Nuggets have gone 4-3 in his absence, which could extend through this upcoming weekend.