Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. out vs. Lakers due to lumbar management

Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. 

was ruled out for Wednesday’s game against the Lakers due to lumbar spine injury management, the team announced. 

Porter was listed as questionable heading into the contest. 

When asked pre-game whether Porter aggravated anything in his back, 

Nuggets coach Michael Malone pushed back on the assumption that he was actually ruled out for the game and didn’t answer. 

About an hour later, the team made the news of his status official. 

After playing in all five preseason games and the first four regular season games,  

, it’s the first game he’ll miss since missing most of last season following his third back surgery. 

Porter played 26 minutes in Monday night’s blowout loss to Portland,