“He knows I deserve to be a Rising Star, be in that game, but I’m gonna be playing in the playoffs, and that’s worth a lot more to me than playing in that game,” Porter said, mentioning that he sent coach Mike Malone a lengthy text after the Rising Stars rosters were announced. “So I’m just gonna keep working, get my rest during that All-Star break and be ready for that second half of the season.”
As mentioned by Singer, six of the 10 players selected to the annual game for the United States are currently out of the playoffs. Porter has delivered consistent production in his first NBA season, averaging eight points, 4.4 rebounds and 14.3 minutes through 39 contests.
“I’ll use it as motivation, but I don’t really try to play the game out of anger,” Porter said. “Like I’m not going to go out there and be mad I didn’t make it, so try to go score a bunch of points. Like I just go out there and try to play the game that I love. To not get picked, it definitely adds some fuel to the fire. It is what it is. Man, that’s other people’s decision.”
The Nuggets currently have a 34-16 record through the season’s first 50 games, good for the third-best record in the Western Conference. Porter missed Denver's game against Detroit on Sunday due to an ankle injury, with the Nuggets losing in overtime 128-123.
Here are some other notes from the Northwest Division:
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