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Denver Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr to be cleared for on-court contact this week, aiming to return in March

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Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr is one step closer to returning to the floor this season. Porter is expected to be clear for on-court contact this week, setting him up to join the Nuggets for the final stretch of the regular season and the playoffs.

After undergoing lumbar spine surgery, the former first-round pick has been out for the last three months. The procedure is said to have gone well, letting Porter return to the floor moving and shooting pain-free in recent weeks.

At age 23, Michael Porter Jr averaged 19 points on 54% shooting, including 44.5% shooting from the 3-point range. He was one of five players in the NBA to average 15 points on 50% shooting from the field and 40% from 3 for the 2020-21 season. Porter’s impact on a Nuggets team that rose to 6th place in the West without guard Jamal Murray can be significant, while Nikola Jokic is chasing back-to-back MVP awards.


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