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Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr credits teammates with helping him as his brothers deal with ‘bad and sad stuff’

Denver Nuggets star Michael Porter Jr. credited his teammates with helping him out as the brothers faced some “bad and sad events” last week.

Porter’s brothers, Jontay and Coban, were both in the spotlight in the week leading up to the team’s playoff series opener against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Michael Porter Jr. of the Nuggets plays against the Memphis Grizzlies at Ball Arena in Denver on March 25, 2024. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Jontay Porter has been banned for life from the NBA after it was revealed that he bet on basketball games involving his team, the Toronto Raptors. Corban Porter was sentenced to six years in prison for a fatal drunk driving accident.

“Something bad and sad happened to some of my brothers,” Michael Porter Jr. said after the Nuggets defeated the Lakers 114-103 on Saturday night to take a 1-0 series lead. “But I’ve got 15 or six more brothers here, so I’ve got to come here for them, come here and do my job, and be ready to do it at a high level.” thought.”

Porter had 19 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks in the game.

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Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. shoots with Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell during the first round of the playoff series on April 20, 2024 in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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He added that it’s still difficult to calm down and focus on basketball because of other things going on.

Two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic praised Porter’s performance during a tough week.

“That’s why basketball is such a beautiful sport, where you don’t have to think about anything but what’s happening on the floor,” Jokic said. “Obviously, things are going to hit you before and after. But I think we all reached out to him, and of course family comes first. But we also It’s kind of a family thing. So, hopefully he finds peace and he’s in a good place mentally.”

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Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. gets pressure from Los Angeles Lakers forward Taurean Prince during the playoffs in Denver, April 20, 2024. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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Porter averaged 16.7 points, 7 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game for the Nuggets. He played in 81 of the team’s 82 games.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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