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Nuggets: Michael Porter out for 'foreseeable future' with back injury

Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said Small forward Michael Porter Jr. will continue to undergo testing on his back.

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Nuggets: Michael Porter out for 'foreseeable future' with back injury
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Denver Nuggets star Michael Porter Jr. will be sidelined for the "foreseeable future" due to a back injury.

Porter left Saturday's 95-94 win over the lowly Houston Rockets in the opening quarter because of back tightness and sat out Monday's NBA game against the high-flying Miami Heat.

Prior to Denver's matchup with Miami, Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said Porter will continue to undergo testing on his back.

Malone: "We all have to support Michael"

"There's no doubt, regardless of his mood, we all have to support Michael, just like we support Jamal [Murray]," Malone said.

"And again, Michael could be back in a week, it could be more than that. So when I say, 'foreseeable future,' I'm not really sure what that means, I just know that he's not playing tonight."

"This is a process where we're being very cautious, talking to doctors, getting imaging all that kind of stuff," Malone added.

Porter, who signed a max contract before the start of the season, has been averaging 9.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in 2021-22.

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