Jamal Murray may be injured right now, but he is still out here breaking the ankles of disrespectful analysts.
FOX Sports 1’s Nick Wright said on the network this week that Nuggets star Nikola Jokic should not win MVP this year. Wright’s reasoning was that Jokic would supposedly be the worst NBA MVP of the last 35 years.
Jokic is the frontrunner for MVP this season with his gaudy numbers of 26.4 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 8.4 assists per game. Denver’s incredible record of 10-2 since Murray went down only further strengthens his case. Jokic is also a rather unique player to watch with his unconventional style and his passing wizardry from the center position.
Plenty of smaller-market players have won MVP in the last 35 years such as Russell Westbrook, Steve Nash, and Karl Malone. While no center has won the award since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000, Jokic has both the statistics and the team success to justify an MVP nod. If your only argument against him is based on narrative, fan appeal, or market size, you probably don’t have a very good one.
Murray limped off the court during Monday’s game against the Golden State Warriors late in the fourth quarter. There was initially some optimism that the injury might not be serious after he refused a wheelchair, but unfortunately an MRI has confirmed the bad news. You can see a video of the play here.
The Nuggets entered Tuesday with a record of 34-20 and in fourth place in the Western Conference. Murray has averaged 21.2 points, 4.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game. He had been dealing with right knee soreness prior to Monday, which led him to miss the previous four games.
Murray has been dealing with right knee soreness, which led him to miss the last four games prior to Monday. Murray wasn’t having his best shooting game. He was 5/15 in the game for 17 points in 33 minutes.
Video of a hilarious reaction Jamal Murray had when speaking with Richard Jefferson in a recent postgame interview went viral on Monday.
Murray scored 25 points in his Denver Nuggets’ 122-105 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Feb. 14. After the game, he participated in a postgame interview. But Murray didn’t know who his interview was with. He was stunned to hear the interviewer sternly tell him not to “yessir” him.
And who was on the other end of the interview? Jefferson. Stay until the end for Murray’s smile.
Murray himself enjoyed the video and tweeted about it.
The Denver Nuggets committed a major blunder at the end of their loss to the Washington Wizards on Thursday night, and Jamal Murray took responsibility for his role in the mental lapse.
The Nuggets were trailing 112-110 with about five seconds remaining and had a 3-on-1 fast break opportunity. Rather than cut to the basket for what probably would have been an easy game-tying lineup, Facundo Campazzo and Michael Porter Jr. stopped at the three-point line. Murray kicked the ball to Campazzo, who missed the shot. You can see the video here.
Porter Jr. admitted he could have cut to the basket, but he defended the mentality of wanting to hit the game-winning shot.
“I looked at the play afterwards. One of us could’ve easily cut. Honestly, I could’ve cut and got a dunk,” Porter said, via Mike Singer of the Denver Post. “But we were just thinking, one of us is going to get a three. If the shot goes in, no one’s talking about it.”
Nuggets coach Michael Malone did a good job of summing up the blunder after the game. Porter is right that no one would have criticized the play if Campazzo hit the game-winner, but he didn’t. Taking a low-percentage shot was not the right decision in that situation.
Jamal Murray took the road less traveled to his 50-point game on Friday. In fact, he took a road completely untraveled.
Murray scored 50 points in the Denver Nuggets’ 120-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Amazingly, he did so without attempting a single free throw. He became the first ever player to score 50 points in a game without attempting a free throw.
Murray shot an impressive 21/25 from the field and went 8/10 on threes. It was his sharp outside shooting that did the trick.
Incredibly, the Elias Sports Bureau says that Murray’s 84 percent mark from the field is second only to Wilt Chamberlain for the highest percentage in a 50-point game in the shot-clock era.
While Murray was on fire, most of his teammates were content to feed him the ball. Nikola Jokic ended up with 10 assists and only attempted eight field goals. Michael Porter Jr., who had 22 points, was the only other Nuggets player with double-digit shot attempts.
Jokic had a great quote about Murray, comparing him to a flamethrower.
The Denver Nuggets can put together a very competitive trade package for James Harden, but one particular player is off-limits for them.
Mike Singer of the Denver Post reported on Tuesday that the Nuggets will not trade Jamal Murray in any potential deal for Harden.
Murray, 23, was a breakout star of the Orlando bubble, helping lead Denver to a surprise Western Conference Finals berth with his sharp shooting and knack for taking over in the clutch. Murray also has tremendous chemistry with Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic, the other untouchable on their roster.
The Nuggets still have some intriguing young players to offer in a Harden deal. Michael Porter Jr., Bol Bol, RJ Hampton, and PJ Dozier are all 24 or younger with varying levels of upside. Gary Harris, Will Barton, and Monte Morris are also quality rotation pieces who are still in their 20s as well.
The Harden situation in Houston seems to be worsening daily, so it seems at least plausible that Denver could get him without having to give up Murray.
Jamal Murray continued to show his spectacular skills during a Game 4 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night.
Late in the second quarter of the Denver Nuggets’ 114-108 loss to the Lakers, Murray drove to the basket to try making a play. He saw LeBron James standing in his path and faked out James by switching from a dunk attempt to the layup. The hangtime he got on the play was incredible: