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Nuggets offense too dependent on Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, per Michael Porter Jr.

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Denver Nuggets rookie Michael Porter Jr. was clearly unhappy about the manner by which his team lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 4 of their second-round playoffs series on Wednesday. According to Porter, he believes that the Nuggets are relying too heavily on Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray.

Porter went on a bit of a post-game tirade, pretty much criticizing Nuggets head coach Mike Malone for not involving him in the offense enough.

By other guys, Michael Porter Jr. is clearly referring to himself. To be fair to him, he did have a hot start on Wednesday, scoring all 15 of his points in the first half. He was pretty much invisible in the second half, however.

Malone was prompted to comment on this issue, and according to the coach, it was just a matter of LA clamping down on Porter in the second half.

That’s not exactly a good look for Porter. We understand the frustration on his end both from a personal level and for his team, but criticizing your coach after a tough loss is never a good move. Then again, this could bear some fruit for Porter, and if Malone heeds his call, then he might just see an increase in his usage rate moving forward.

Porter was outstanding for the Nuggets in Game 3 on Monday, finishing with an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double. He seemed to have been en route to yet another impressive performance in Game 4, but as he said above, Denver just didn’t go to him in the second half.

Game 5 is scheduled for Friday and it will be interesting to see the role Porter will be given with Denver’s season on the line.