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Is Michael Porter Jr. playing for the Nuggets on Friday vs. Trail Blazers?

The Nuggets SF has out of the lineup with a heel injury. We break down and update you on his status for Friday’s game vs. Portland.

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Michael Porter Jr. of the Denver Nuggets shoots the ball in the second half against the Detroit Pistons at Ball Arena on November 22, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.
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The Denver Nuggets could be getting a big piece of their offense back Friday if Michael Porter Jr. returns to the lineup for his team. Porter Jr. has been sidelined since November 23 with a heel injury, which has cost him 13 games. Could he make his comeback against the Portland Trail Blazers tonight?

Michael Porter Jr. injury updates

Friday PM update: Porter Jr. is officially in for the Nuggets. He will have a minutes limit but he does make his return to the floor tonight.

Porter Jr. is officially listed as questionable for Friday’s game but the small forward did say he would play when asked about his status at the team’s practice Thursday. Porter Jr. was on fire prior to his injury, as he was averaging 16.4 points per game while shooting 42.7% from behind the arc.

The Nuggets will need Porter Jr. to be healthy if they hope to compete for a championship, and getting him in for as many games as possible with Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray to build chemistry will be important Denver has committed significant money to this core, but the trio has not played a lot of games together since being formed.