Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray suffered a torn ACL of his left knee and will be out indefinitely, the team announced Tuesday.
Monday, late in the first quarter — vs. the Golden State Warriors, with less than a minute remaining in the 4th, the guard attempted to attack the basket against forward Andrew Wiggins. Murray immediately landed on the ground in pain, grasping his left knee. The guard was then attended by Denver teammates, coaching staff, and their medical team.
Murray was later acquainted by the medical team with a wheelchair, which he refused to utilize. He instead opted to limp out of the Warriors stadium with team assistance.
Murray is a vast part of Denver’s young core and their chances of making a deep run in the playoffs this year. Murray had a break-out performance in the playoffs last year — advancing to the Western Conference Finals. Fans were expecting to see the same in this year’s playoffs.
Murray has carried his postseason production into this present season, averaging 21.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. He additionally recorded a 50 point game in late February — returning to his postseason pace.
Denver has won 17 out of their last 20 games with Jamal Murray on deck. Without their star point guard, they may not make it beyond the first round.
The Nuggets will surely consider boosting their backcourt before the playoffs. League sources tell TheUpDawg, Denver has shown interest in free-agent guards, Isaiah Thomas and Austin Rivers.