Source: Nuggets' Porter expected back vs. Mavs

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Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. is expected to be available to return against the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, a source told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.

Porter has been in quarantine since last Thursday due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols. His seven-day protocol, which came as a result of contact tracing, ends on Wednesday night, as first reported by The Denver Post and Altitude Sports.

Porter has missed the Nuggets’ past three games since scoring 30 points and recording 10 rebounds in a loss at Sacramento last Tuesday.

Porter isn’t the only Nuggets player to have been impacted by COVID-19. Last summer, the Nuggets had members of the organization who tested positive, including star center Nikola Jokic.

And power forward Paul Millsap said he lost his grandfather in recent days to the coronavirus.

“A few days ago, lost a grandfather to COVID, so I understand what is going on,” Millsap said Wednesday. “It is definitely bigger than basketball; at the end of the day, basketball is just a game that we play to entertain. There’s a lot more things going in the world than basketball, obviously.”

Nuggets coach Michael Malone said the team

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