06/14/2021, 3:40 AM
Scores 19 in start
Morris got the start in place of Facundo Campazzo, and while he was productive in 35 minutes, he finished as a team-worst minus-17 in the seven-point loss. Overall, it was a disappointing, four-game sweep for the Nuggets, but Morris played well in Games 3 and 4, totaling 40 points, 11 assists and five three-pointers. With Jamal Murray (knee) set to miss a large portion of the 2021-22 campaign, Morris could find himself in an elevated role to begin next season.
06/14/2021, 3:36 AM
Finishes season on high note
Inserted into the starting lineup in place of Austin Rivers, Barton made the most of the opportunity, leading the Nuggets in scoring and posting his first 20-point game since April 19. It wasn't the most efficient effort from the floor, but it was an encouraging finish to the season for the veteran, who missed 20 straight games -- including all of Round 1 -- with a hamstring injury. Barton made his return for Game 2 against the Suns and scored in double-figures in all three of his appearances. He'll enter the offseason with a chance to hit free agency, as he holds a $14.7 million player option for the 2021-22 season.
06/14/2021, 3:32 AM
Goes for 20 points as Nuggets fall
Porter was questionable coming in as he continues to nurse a sore back, but he played through the discomfort and reached the 20-point plateau for the first time in the series. The Missouri product was clearly bothered by his back for all four games, and whether it continues to be an issue going forward will be something to monitor closely. Back problems caused Porter to fall in the 2018 NBA Draft and cost him his entire rookie season, but until recently he had avoided any significant concerns. If he's able to stay healthy, Porter will be a popular breakout candidate in fantasy circles next season -- especially with Jamal Murray (knee) likely to miss a large swath of the regular season.