As the Denver Nuggets look up at a 3-1 deficit in their Western Conference semifinal series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver may need to look to other players outside of stars Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic if they want to keep their playoff run going.
Nuggets forward Michael Porter believes that he needs to get the ball more, so he can help out.
Porter finished Game 4’s loss with 15 points on 5/8 shooting.
“I just didn’t touch the ball,” Porter said, according to ESPN’s Royce Young. “They didn’t do anything differently.”
“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 has the capability to be a major factor for the Nuggets, but getting touches needs to be addressed.
“I think if I am going to be out there on the floor playing a lot of minutes, I think I should voice that,” Porter 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 same message will be what it was against Utah,” Nuggets head 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.”