Porter Jr. injured his back during the Game 1 112-105 loss Monday, reportedly suffering the injury during the second quarter. He played 31 minutes, scoring 15 points, with seven rebounds and two assists. In seven playoff games this season, he has averaged 34 minutes, 18 points, seven rebounds and two assists per game.
A regular fixture in the Nuggets rotation, Porter Jr. started 54 regular-season games, averaging 31 minutes, 19 points, seven rebounds and one assist per game. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, he had a 21.7% usage rate, the third-best on the team.
The Nuggets, the three-seed in the Western Conference, will look to even the series at one game apiece against the second-seed Suns in the semifinals. Currently, they are a 6-point road underdog on FanDuel Sportsbook in a game with a 222.5 total. The Suns have allowed the seventh-fewest points to opponents this season, averaging 109.5 points per game.
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