Shortly after a tough loss to the Clippers in Game 4, Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. expressed concerns over Denver�s game plan in a press conference. He told reporters, �We kept going to [Nikola Jokic] and [Jamal Murray]� To beat [the Clippers], we need to get more players involved.�
These words quickly stirred controversy from none other than all-star point guard Damian Lillard and several other players.
Porter Jr. scored 15 points in the loss, all of which came in the first half. He took a mere two shots after halftime. Meanwhile, Murray and Jokic bore most of the offensive load. That strategy worked well in Denver�s first-round series against the Utah Jazz but hasn�t been nearly as effective versus the stifling Clippers.
Many on Twitter agreed with Porter�s statement but disagreed with how he said it. Lillard, however, thought otherwise.
Lillard went a step further to suggest that it’s selfish to agree with Porter Jr.
Other current and former players chimed in on the topic as well. A fair share of the NBA community wasn’t too pleased with Porter Jr’s comments.
Whether or not Michael Porter Jr.’s controversial comments cause a void within the locker room remains to be seen. But either way, it’s not an ideal situation for the Nuggets to be in while on the brink of elimination. Down 3-1, they can’t afford any chemistry issues against a team of the Clippers’ caliber.