Michael Singer: Nuggets injury report tomorrow: Dozier and Harris are both out tomorrow. vs. Bucks. Murray and Campazzo are both questionable.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone said Monday he expects point guard Jamal Murray to be “ready to go” come Tuesday’s winner-take-all Game 7 against the Los Angeles Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals.
Murray was leveled early in the third quarter on a layup by Clipper wing Paul George and was on the ground writhing in pain for a few tense moments. Though Malone hadn’t seen him yet Monday morning when he talked with the media, he said he expected that with rest until tomorrow night’s late tipoff Murray should be able to recover.
“Talked to him last night when we got back to the hotel,” Malone said. “He’d gotten through all of his testing. He’s banged up, he’s sore. Took a big hit, obviously, on a non-call. But, I think we all know this about Jamal, especially us back in Denver. He’s a tough, tough kid, man. Mentally and physically.”
TJ McBride: Jamal Murray said he feels ok now, but that they are still trying to figure out what happened to Murray’s body after getting fallen on by Paul George. I don’t think Murray will miss Game 7, but that’s...concerning. Will be interesting to see what his injury status is tomorrow.
Kendra Andrews: Jamal Murray and Troy Daniels are official OUT tonight against Portland. So the Nuggets will be without Murray, Daniels, Barton, Harris and Millsap.
Jamie Hudson: Nuggets Injury Report vs. Blazers today: Troy Daniels (right hip; tightness) and Jamal Murray (left hamstring; tightness) are questionable. Will Barton (right knee; soreness), Gary Harris (right hip; muscle strain) and Paul Millsap (rest) are out.
Duvalier Johnson: Jamal Murray on if he wants to play:”You know me, I want to play every day, I want to play every game.” He also said he understands that there’s is a bigger picture and they have to be smart about it. pic.twitter.com/jpODIgMDbP
Michael Singer: Malone on Murray, Barton or Harris’ availability: “Keep hope alive ... Maybe one of those guys, but very very questionable.” Hell of an answer.
Jamie Hudson: Both Murray and Grant, who were listed as questionable, will start tonight vs. Blazers
After a week and further testing, Murray’s ankle injury is less concerning than it was the night of the injury, team sources told Mile High Sports. According to those sources, Murray has a low ankle sprain. There is no firm timetable for his return, but the Nuggets organization is not terribly worried about his ankle issue which is good news considering how much pain Murray was in after sustaining the injury and the fact that he put no weight on his left leg at all at the time.
Nick Kosmider: Testing on Nuggets guard Jamal Murray’s sprained left ankle returned clean today and he is expected to miss multiple games, league sources tell @Shams Charania and me.
Murray came down awkwardly at the Pepsi Center after contesting a 3-pointer from Charlotte guard Terry Rozier, and Murray was reeling on the ground for several minutes. He was ruled out for return in the second half and replaced by reserve point guard Monte Morris in the starting lineup. The X-rays on Murray’s left ankle came back negative, coach Michael Malone said postgame, but a visual check of Murray’s injury prompted some concern.
“I have no idea how long he is going to be out,” Malone said. “He’s had an issue with ankle injuries. I just looked at it and it’s rather large. Kinda scary. He rolled it and those are scary. … Aside from being painful, you don’t want to have Jamal Murray miss an extended period of time. Hopefully, it’s not as bad as it looks and we can get him back.”
Josh Lewenberg: Jamal Murray (ankle) doing some light shooting work as Team Canada scrimmages on Day 2 of training camp in Toronto. pic.twitter.com/Dz5nvO1IG0
Katy Winge: Jamal Murray is definitely banged up for this #Nuggets team. Had his right thigh wrapped during shootaround and then immediately iced it during media availability. Playing through pain is something Murray has been trained to do, and he will again tonight.
Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray reaggravated a right thigh injury that kept him out of the final 53 seconds of Game 2 and will undergo treatment over the next 48 hours. Murray missed six of his eight 3-point attempts and finished with 15 points and seven assists, then had to watch the final seconds of Portland's 97-90 victory at Denver in Game 2.
Katy Winge: Jamal Murray update: he’s (obviously) playing tonight for #nuggets. Malone said he’s been getting treatment around the clock on that leg, he’s still sore, but it has improved. Malone also said the NBA confirmed after the game that Poeltl’s screen was illegal.
Harrison Wind: Nuggets will only have two of their regular starters (Barton, Jokic) for tonight’s game vs Pistons. Gary Harris, Jamal Murray, Paul Millsap are all out. I’d expect Monte Morris and Malik Beasley to continue to start while minutes are available for reserve guard Brandon Goodwin.
Katy Winge: Coach Malone does not think Jamal Murray will be able to go tonight for the #nuggets. He’s still having some problems planting and cutting with that ankle injury.
Harrison Wind: Gary Harris and Jamal Murray are both out for the Nuggets’ matchup tonight in Minnesota. Denver is hopeful that Murray can return during its four-game road trip which begins this evening.
Nick Kosmider: Jamal Murray will miss his third straight game with a left ankle sprain when the Nuggets play the Pelicans here in New Orleans tomorrow night.
Harrison Wind: Jamal Murray (ankle) will not play tonight vs 76ers. It will be just the second missed game of his career.
Harrison Wind: Jamal Murray (left ankle sprain) is questionable for tonight’s matchup with the 76ers. Isaiah Thomas and Michael Porter Jr. are out.
The comeback would’ve marred a truly special night from Jamal Murray, who scored 46 points and drained a career-high nine 3-pointers one night after badly rolling his ankle against San Antonio. “Oh my god, it hurts,” Murray said. “I ain’t gonna lie to you guys. It hurts a lot. I was trying not to move as much, kind of rely on my shot. I kept relying on it. As the game went on, more adrenaline started to kick in.”
Chris Dempsey: Malik Beasley (ankle) is also a game time decision for tonight’s game. Jamal Murray (ankle) is probable to play. #Nuggets
Harrison Wind: Michael Malone said Jamal Murray isn’t “limited” by the shin contusion he’s been playing through but Denver will monitor how he looks tonight and if he shows any signs of discomfort. “We’re going to have a big picture mindset, make sure we’re not in a position to make it worse.”
Harrison Wind: Jamal Murray (shin contusion) is listed as probable for Nuggets/Thunder Friday night. Barton, Harris, Millsap, Porter, Vanderbilt, and Thomas all remain out.
Michael Singer: Jamal Murray's available for tonight with right shin contusion. He looked good in warmups.
Michael Singer: Jamal Murray is questionable with right shin contusion for tomorrow’s game. Regular starters Will Barton, Gary Harris, Paul Millsap are all out.
Harrison Wind: Official: Jamal Murray (ankle soreness) is available to play vs. Perth. We’ll get a look at Denver’s starting five for the first time tonight.
Harrison Wind: Jamal Murray hasn’t shot the ball well this week. Michael Malone attributed his struggles to the shape he’s in. Murray tweaked his ankle in September. “I don’t think he’s in great shape right now,” Malone said, which could be contributing to his struggles.
Gina Mizell: Jamal Murray wouldn't go into detail on what specifically is causing his chest soreness, but he's been icing it. Said it was tough to breathe tonight but "I just stopped thinking about it. Pain is really nothing to me...can’t breathe? That’s not gonna stop me. " #Nuggets
Harrison Wind: Murray says he’s in constant pain. He also says he’s playing in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday no matter what (Denver plays in Milwaukee on Thursday). twitter.com/harrisonwind/s…
TJ McBride: #Nuggets have transferred two-way player Monte Morris from @RGVVipers to the #Nuggets, the team announced. With Jamal Murray in concussion protocol, it makes sense to have another actual PG on the roster.
On Sunday, itching to take another step toward the court, Murray warmed up with the Nuggets at the Thomas & Mack Center before their second summer league game.
“He’s champing at the bit,” Nuggets summer league coach Micah Nori said of Murray. “He was hurt all last year. He had the hernia thing and still played 82 games. I think he’s finally back to normal and, to use a term from a former Nugget, he’s got fresh leg and he wants to use them.”
Chris Dempsey: Jamal Murray is "close" to 100 percent, #Nuggets pres of basketball operations, Tim Connelly said. "Jamal is champing at the bit to play."
Chris Dempsey: Still, Murray is not expected to play in summer league. But reports from those who have seen him on-court say Murray looks solid.
Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray has undergone successful surgery to repair core muscle-related injuries, General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.
Murray will resume basketball related activities this summer and is expected to be at full-strength when the Nuggets open training camp this fall.
Nick Kosmider: Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly says on @Altitude950 that guard Jamal Murray will have surgery. Played w/sports hernia this season.
April 14, 2021 | 9:05 am EDT Update
The biggest reason why is because Capela has played at an All-Defense level, and he should be in the conversation for Defensive Player of the Year, alongside guys like Rudy Gobert, Ben Simmons, Bam Adebayo and Myles Turner. The Hawks are 6.7 points worse defensively when Capela sits this season. “I think he’s been probably one of the most consistent guys on the defensive end of the floor for us,” Nate McMillan said. “He has been helping us all season long. He’s not only been helping in blocking shots and rotating to the basketball, but rebounding at an elite level. What he’s been doing now, he’s been doing it all season for us. What we are trying to do is not have to have him clean up on the perimeter where we’re guarding and not keeping the ball in front so that he can stay attached to his man and rebound the basketball. With the adjustment for a center in today’s game, you’re not defending low-post or post-up players a lot in this league. You’re out on the perimeter having to help defend these quick guards in pick and rolls and make adjustments to get back to a shooter that can spread the floor. The consistency has been there all season long.”
When opponents do drive on him and try attacking at the rim, they’re only shooting 50.2 percent against Capela. That’s sixth-tenths of a percentage point worse than Gobert, who’s seen as one of the favorites in the DPOY race. I, myself, questioned before the start of the season if Capela was going to be as good as the Hawks talked him up to be and what they, frankly, needed him to be because of the center depth. He was never this good for the Rockets, but he’s been a godsend for this organization after having arguably the worst center depth rotation last season. Capela is not only third in the NBA in blocks, first in rebounds, but he’s also second in DRAPM, second in DRPM and second in defensive RAPTOR, all advanced metrics that Gobert ranks first in. This story isn’t about why Capela should win the award, only how he needs to be in the conversation. As someone who voted for the league’s awards last season, Capela would be on my ballot with Gobert and Simmons; and he would be on my second-team All-Defense.
When Sandiford-Artest watches Doncic, he’s as fascinated as much by his savvy as his skill, readily admitting that he would have had his hands full trying to slow down the Mavs’ star. “Luka, I mean, that kid is special,” Sandiford-Artest said. “I’m not going to lie to you, [defending him] would have been tough. What impresses me most is he’s a veteran at  years old. The way he sees it and feels it, he’s someone that I would have had problems with, because he would have been thinking ahead. He’d have been thinking steps ahead. He’s not one-dimensional.
At this moment, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Allen drops into a defensive stance. He pretends to shade Doncic to the supersized point guard’s left. “Go right. Do whatever you’re going to do,” Allen yells, sliding as he speaks. “You going to drive and lay it up? All right, I’m going to contest. Can you step back going right? OK then! You’re going to have to do everything to that right side. And what if you try to come back? I’m right here, motherf—er. I’m taking it! “You can’t get discouraged with prolific players. They’re going to score, but your job is to contain it and cut it down.
“If I can be a little physical with him and make him work a little bit more, a lot like [defending] Steve Nash. Now when it comes time to finish plays, maybe he’s not as geared to finish the plays quite like he was in the beginning, because he’s being pressured a little bit. Now he has to worry about what I’m doing from the standpoint of making him work, work, work while he has the ball and bringing it up the floor. “It’s not something comfortable. Yes, he can do it. But does he want to do it? Probably not.”
April 14, 2021 | 6:56 am EDT Update
Though the Knicks made a very light push for Ball at the March 25 trade deadline, the Bulls did a lot more of the talking with Pelicans general manager David Griffin. If Ball were to leave, Chicago would be the Knicks’ top competitor, according to sources.
Because of luxury-tax concerns, the feeling around the league is the Pelicans may pass on matching any offer over $20 million per season with rookie lottery-pick point guard Kira Lewis and combo guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker in the fold. The Post reported Ball has the Knicks on his radar. His father, LaVar, had hoped Ball’s youngest brother, LaMelo, would be drafted by the Knicks last November — wanting him to play amid the bright lights of New York City.
The Dallas Mavericks received calls before the March 25 trade deadline regarding backup guard Jalen Brunson, but they were not interested in dealing the ex-Villanova star. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst relayed that news on his Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective podcast (h/t RealGM Wiretap). “By the way, I heard that around the trade deadline the Mavericks got some calls about Jalen Brunson. And it basically like ‘Luka’s obviously untouchable and Jalen is pretty much untouchable. If you’re going to offer LeBron, we’ll listen.’ “He’s being viewed as a foundational core piece going forward.”