The Denver Nuggets beat the Indiana Pacers with a collective effort. Between the win and Michael Porter Jr’s career-performance, the highlights act as the cherry on top.
The week seemed like an ideal period to commence a winning streak in light of the upcoming opponents bestowed upon the Denver Nuggets. However, the Indiana Pacers don’t fit the bottom-dwelling tier the latter two teams fall under on this week’s schedule.
Despite its constant injuries that don’t seem to stop, the Pacers stand as one of the head-scratching surprises of the league. The Denver Nuggets came off a disappointing loss versus the Houston Rockets looking for a win.
Michael Porter Jr. answered Michael Malone’s call from the bench with no hesitation. The usual suspects, Nikola Jokic, and Jamal Murray had commendable performances, but the talk of the town surrounds MPJ’s showcase.
However, being this isn’t a top-anything list, all highlights measure equally.
Persistence is key
Before the game, Nugg Love briefly touched on the potential issues the Indiana Pacers posed in the frontcourt. Nonetheless, as competitors do, Jokic didn’t allow the contrasting pair of bigs to cause any falter in his follow-through.
Much is made of Jamal Murray and the lack of an apparent enhancement to his offense. However, one aspect remains: Jokic and Murray make for great dance partners on offense. Even when the streaky guard doesn’t explode for huge scoring performances, the threat of utilizing Jokic exist.
From the brink of missing the lottery to scoring a career-high in a win, Michael Porter Jr.deserves the game ball. The young man’s story isn’t quite Disney+ material, although I’d watch it over anything related to Star Wars. Regardless of entertainment preferences, MPJ belongs in the league.
This dunk, on the rim-protecting center, Myles Turner, embodies the fearless nature of MPJ’s game.
Player of the game
Michael Porter Jr., off the bench, scored 25 points on 11-12 shooting, grabbed five rebounds, and managed to only cough up the ball once. The future is bright for MPJ, and quite frankly, demands more attention.