Michael Porter Jr. out for Thursday night’s game against Mavericks; not extension of prior COVID-19 protocol

Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. was ruled out for Thursday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks hours before tip-off, due to health and safety protocols.

After being expected to return to the lineup one day earlier, Porter was not with the team Thursday, according to the Nuggets’ injury report. His absence is not an extension of the COVID-19 tracing protocols that held him out during the past week, a league source said.

The Nuggets would not comment on the exact reason for Porter’s absence, but players and coaches are subject to daily testing results. It is unknown when Porter will be able to return to the team.

Porter’s close contact tracing protocol began last Thursday and was expected to last a week.

The second-year pro averaged 19.5 points and 6.8 rebounds through the team’s first four games.

Porter was among a handful of players who arrived late to the Bubble in July. Team officials later confirmed a COVID breakout.

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