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Jamal Murray dealing with 1 notable factor in comeback

Jamal Murray clapping

The latest information about a possible return for Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray does not sound promising.

Prior to Sunday’s regular season finale, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he had an extended conversation with Murray about playing a few low-stakes minutes. Malone said Murray is still dealing with a “mental hurdle” before getting into game action again.

Murray is about a year removed from a torn ACL, so the mental block is understandable. The star guard still appears to be moving physically closer to a return, but it is not clear how much of a chance Murray has of returning and playing meaningful minutes in the playoffs.

One of Murray’s teammates recently dropped an intriguing hint about the guard’s potential return. Clearly, there is optimism about his physical status, but he has yet to be tested in a game environment. That is a significant hurdle to clear.

Photo: Feb 8, 2020; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) reacts in the first half against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

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