“Jamal Murray felt quite sore after Game 6”- Head Coach Mike Malone said and then confirmed if he’ll be available for tonight’s game 7.
After a gruelling 7 game series against the Utah Jazz in the first round, the Nuggets catapulted themselves into another 7 game series against the Kawhi Leonard led Los Angeles Clippers.
Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic have been nothing short of spectacular for the Nuggets in the second round, bringing Denver back from a 3-1 deficit to force a Game 7.
Playing 13 Playoff games in 28 days, with a multitude of them being ‘win or go home’, there is bound to be some fatigue experienced by your star players, as Jamal Murray was reportedly not 100% after their Game 6 victory.
Is Jamal Murray playing tonight vs Clippers?
According to the statement issued by Mike Malone, Jamal Murray should be playing tonight vs Clippers for Game 7.
The Denver Nuggets star guard has proven himself to be in the upper echelon og guards in the NBA, during his time in the Bubble. He has performed at a superstar level for the Nuggets, however, an increased role also brings about an increased risk of injury.
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Post Game 6, Nuggets Head Coach Michael Malone was asked whether or not Jamal Murray felt healthy enough to play in Game 7, to which Malone replied, “He’s banged up but will be fine.”
Mike Malone says Jamal Murray is “banged up and sore,” but is “doing all right.”
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Murray only received 7 minutes of rest in Game 6, which could be a factor that played into him feeling considerably sore.
What would it mean for the Nuggets if Jamal Murray sat out Game 7?
Murray has been the Nuggets’s primary offensive threat from the perimeter and also orchestrates the offense along with Jokic when he is on the court. Almost all plays run through Murray and Jokic.
Without Jamal, Gary Harris would have to step up , along with rookie Michael Porter Jr. as they will have to light it up from beyond the arc and draw fouls by driving into the paint at a much higher volume.
Jamal Murray was not present on the injury list for tonight so Nuggets fans can rest easy as it is very likely Murray suits up tonight.