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Denver Nuggets player Michael Porter Jr. comments on the family’s recent troubles off the field

Michael Porter, Jr. put together a strong performance for the Denver Nuggets on Saturday amid some family-related issues off the court.

Following the Nuggets’ win over the Lakers, MPJ addressed the disturbing headlines targeting brothers Jontay and Coban Porter.

Porter credited his teammates with helping him stay persistent during tough times involving his brothers. The Nuggets forward thanked the support of his teammates for the blistering Game 1 performance.

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“I definitely tried to compartmentalize it, some bad and sad things happened to some of my brothers,” MPJ said.

“But I still have fifteen, sixteen brothers here, so I knew I had to be here for them and come here and do my job and prepare to do it at a high level.”

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On Wednesday, Michael’s brother and former Raptors player Jontay Porter was given a lifetime ban by the NBA after he was caught placing illegal bets on his former team.

Days after Jontay’s lifetime ban, brother Coban Porter was sentenced to six years in prison for killing a motorist while driving drunk in 2023.

Coban Porter’s crash resulted in the death of the other motorist and serious injuries to the passenger in the other vehicle.

MPJ missed practice on Friday to testify for his brother Coban, The Denver Post reported.

After a week of grim news, Michael Porter Jr. to work on Saturday and lifted the Nuggets to a 1-0 series lead by scoring 19 points and recording eight rebounds.

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The Nuggets’ depth proved to be too much for Los Angeles. Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murry combined to score 54 points, while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Aaron Gordon combined to add another 24 points from the starters.

Add that production to Porter’s 19 points and you’ll realize the Nuggets are just as formidable as last season’s championship group. The 25-year-old is averaging 16.7 points for Denver this season.

Nuggets star Nikola Jokic shared his thoughts on Porter’s strength to start the postseason.

“It’s hard to do, but I think when you’re on the court you don’t think about it,” Nuggets player Nikola Jokic said of Porter after the game. That’s why basketball is so beautiful, that you don’t think about anything other than what’s happening on the floor.

“Before and after things obviously affect you, but we all contacted him. It’s something that family comes first, of course, but we’re also kind of a family.

“Hopefully he finds peace and is in a good place mentally.”

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