MPJ has a career night, drops 37 and 12 against the Thunder
Lately, former Tiger Michael Porter Jr. has been in the news for things... well, things not related to basketball. It was the latest in a series of tough looks for MPJ, who has struggled to find a lot of consistency in his rookie season, even as his highs have been much higher than his lows have been low. He’s been a valuable role player for the Nuggets, if not quite the star we might have envisioned when he was tearing up the high school circuit years ago.
However, Porter may have flipped a switch in the bubble. Against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday afternoon, Porter exploded, dropping 37 points and 12 rebounds on 75 percent shooting from the field, including a 4-6 line from deep.
House of Highlights put up a compilation highlight reel of Porter’s big night.
After the game, Porter was asked about what helped fuel his big night and he gave the credit to his teammates.
Kevin O’Connor from The Ringer also liked his non-scoring contributions, specifically highlighting his off-ball game.
Michael Porter Jr. is the missing piece the Nuggets need. No Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, or Will Barton and MPJ filled the gaps with super savvy off-ball movement to get open and then displayed his major shot-making upside in the 4th. Played better D than usual too. Impressive. pic.twitter.com/3W6LgMYSep— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) August 3, 2020
Playing on a loaded team like the Nuggets could be a boon to Porter this early in his career, especially as teams continue to focus on Jokic, Millsap and Jamal Murray (when he’s playing again).
Yesterday at Rock M
- Dave Matter previewed Missouri’s QB competition by looking at the resume for the presumed favorite — former TCU Horned Frog Shawn Robinson.
- While it has been steadfast in its commitment to playing this fall, the Missouri State High School Athletics Association is now apparently weighing its options for how sports could look this fall.
- Hurray for being old and experienced when the rest of the conference is loaded!
This has to be the best the SEC will be in recent memory as far as depth is concerned...— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) August 3, 2020
Tennessee is a top-five unit nationally
Florida, Kentucky & LSU top-25 groups, as could Alabama and Arkansas
USC & Mizzou will be healthy and older
Auburn, A&M & Ole Miss enroll top talent.
- Former Tiger star Ziggy Hood has a new role with the Washington Football Team in the upcoming year.
The Washington Football Team announced that former D-lineman Ziggy Hood is the team’s only Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship recipient. The former Mizzou player will work with the strength & conditioning staff during training camp.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) August 3, 2020
- PowerMizzou readers can check out the staff’s Defensive End preview and a look at SEC graphics in recruiting, while subscribers can delve into Gabe DeArmond’s Monday morning thoughts.
- Could there be new hope for the quickly defunct XFL? Maybe so if The Rock is able to purchase the league and get it running again.
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