The Denver Nuggets went from one of the crucial harmful groups in the NBA to one of the crucial weak.
Jamal Murray was recognized with a torn ACL in his left knee, which is anticipated to maintain him sidelined for the rest of the 2020-21 season.
With the Nuggets (34-20) ranked fourth in the Western Conference, they’re now with out their level guard who emerged as a celebrity final season. It additionally strips away a part of the Nuggets’ depth, which additionally contains an MVP candidate (Nikola Jokic), an rising younger participant (Michael Porter Jr.) and a newly acquired wing participant that may defend at a number of positions (Aaron Gordon).
In the ultimate minute of the Nuggets’ loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday, Murray drove towards the basket earlier than his knee buckled on a non-contact play. Murray instantly fell to the bottom. Moments later, the Nuggets’ coaching camp assisted him to the locker room.
Afterwards, Nuggets coach Michael Malone stated a few of his assistant coaches watched the replay and feared that Murray hyperextended his knee. But the Nuggets had Murray take an MRI earlier than figuring out the severity of his damage.
“Obviously very down locker room,” Malone stated after the sport. “Yes we lost the game. But I think everybody’s thoughts are with Jamal and hoping hoping he’ll be okay.”
Murray had missed the earlier 4 video games due to proper knee soreness. He performed in opposition to Golden State on a relative minutes restriction (33), however Malone harassed that Murray was not rushed again to play.
“Anytime a guy misses four games, there is always a concern going out there. But I think we took our time with that knee soreness that he was experiencing,” Malone stated. “He wanted to come back tonight, and felt really good about coming back tonight. It’s one of those things where injuries is something you can’t really control.”
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