Michael Malone: I’ll be honest, I really don’t go there a whole lot (mentally). I’m more of a day-to-day guy and trying to figure out a way to help this team stay afloat and become more consistent. I speak with Jamal all the time. We have a great relationship. And I’ve told him many times — and I think it’s important for him to hear it from me — (that) there’s absolutely zero pressure for him to come back this year. At the same time, I tell him, ‘Listen, if it’s in the cards for you to come back and play this year, great. If it’s not in the cards for you to come back and play this year, great.’ He’s gonna come back when he is ready. And as I mentioned last night, that doesn’t mean just from a physical standpoint — ‘Hey, the doctors have cleared Jamal Murray (down the line).’ But that’s (only) one part of it. The other huge part of it is the mental, the confidence, right? He is embracing and accepting that, so there’s zero pressure from me, from (Nuggets president of basketball operations) Tim Connelly, from anyone on our team, our training staff. Jamal Murray, honestly, will come back when he is ready.
Michael Singer: Michael Malone says on @AltitudeSR that Jamal Murray is still “a ways away.” Said he doesn’t want any fans thinking Murray will be back in January or February. Organization has gone to lengths not to put pressure on him. There remains no timeline on Murray’s return.
TJ McBride: Jamal Murray is out warming up before tip off as usual. He looks strong and seems like he is right on schedule — if not ahead of schedule — at this time for his return from his ACL tear.
Chris Vernon on Jamal Murray's potential return: I ran into somebody last night that would know, and they told me February for Jamal (Murray).
Michael Singer: Jamal Murray just hopped on IG live and gave #Nuggets fans a promising update. “I can’t hoop yet, but I feel great.” Murray’s pre-game workouts have been ramping up lately.
Duvalier Johnson: Jamal Murray said that rehab is going well. He’s trying to stay in the present day and not get ahead of himself which has been hard for him. He went on to say he’s eager to be on the court but has a long way to go. pic.twitter.com/ymfIRppWsI
Harrison Wind: Nuggets are hoping for a Jamal Murray return in February or March, per the ESPN broadcast just now. That would put his timeline to return at 10-11 months post-surgery.
Harrison Wind: Tim Connelly says Jamal Murray's ACL injury "won't have too much bearing" on how the Nuggets approach the offseason. There's no firm timetable yet on his return. "We know he's going to be back and better than ever within the year."
Michael Singer: Malone said Jamal Murray is still rehabbing in LA. Malone said the team is excited to see him when they fly out to L.A. tomorrow.
Michael Singer: Malone said he spoke to Jamal Murray this morning. Said he was at the point “where he was just anxious to get it over.” Said the surgery was a success. Malone said it was a “pretty clean tear.”
Michael Singer: Via @Jamal Murray IG: He and Tim Connelly and another team staffer are en route to Los Angeles. Jamal’s surgery isn’t scheduled yet, however the expectation is it’ll be performed within the week in LA. pic.twitter.com/qG8cskXgYL
Harrison Wind: Malone on Jamal Murray: "I have no doubt that he will come back a better player, a stronger player. That's how he's made. It's in his DNA. I expect nothing less."
Mark Medina: Nuggets coach Michael Malone on Jamal Murray's ACL injury: "It's been an emotional 24 or 36 hours for Jamal. Jamal is devastated, understandably so. So is the team."
Harrison Wind: Malone: "Not one guy on our team can replace Jamal. It's going to take a collective effort. Right now we need everybody's best moving forward."
Mirjam Swanson: Ty Lue on Jamal Murray's injury: "You hate to see that happen to any player. It makes you put a lot of thought into your team ... to make sure your team is as healthy as possible going into the playoffs. It's a fine line."
Shams Charania: Nuggets star guard Jamal Murray has a torn ACL in his left knee, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Stephen Curry: 🙏🏽 come back stronger @BeMore27
But his absence also has implications for the Canadian National Team as it enters Olympic qualifying in Victoria, British Columbia June 29-July 4 . The winner of the event which also features China, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Uruguay and Greece (coached by Rick Pitino) will receive one of four remaining berths in the men’s Olympic basketball tournament this summer in Tokyo. Canada hasn’t made the Olympics since 2000, when current Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash was the team’s star.
Bobby Marks: 5 players out this season as a result of an ACL: Jonathan Isaac (injured in August) Spencer Dinwiddie Thomas Bryant Markelle Fultz Jamal Murray That is a high number in comparison to past years.
Shams Charania: Nuggets star guard Jamal Murray has a torn ACL in his left knee, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Devastating, season-ending injury for Jamal Murray, who emerged as a superstar in the NBA bubble last summer and has worked diligently in his career to be a lead guard who is respected by his teammates and coaches.
Nuggets guard Jamal Murray has been diagnosed with a torn anterior cruciate ligament of the left knee. He will be out indefinitely.
The Nuggets had no word on the severity of Murray's injury after the game, but he was taken to the hospital where he was to undergo an MRI. Denver coach Michael Malone and teammates were noticeably upset, with Malone describing the mood in the locker room as "very down."
"Some of the (assistant) coaches said when they watched the replay, it looked like he hyperextended it," Malone said. "Just an awful feeling. Keep Jamal in your thoughts and prayers, and hopefully we'll get some good news."
Mark Medina: Nikola Jokic on Jamal Murray's injury: "He just fell. As soon as he fell, I saw him in pain." Jokic added, "hopefully it's not something huge."
"The mood was how you could imagine," said Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. "We're just all kind of waiting to hear what’s going on. We're all worried about him, praying for him and just hoping for the best."
Former Nuggets coach George Karl knows all too well how a magical season can be unraveled by the cruel twist of fate. His 2012-13 Denver team was cruising in the second half of the season on the way to a franchise-record 57 games, at one point winning 15 games in a row. But in the 76th game of the season, Danilo Gallinari, the team’s second-leading scorer, suffered a torn ACL that ended his season. The Nuggets won five of their final six games to end the regular season, but they suffered a first-round upset at the hands of the upstart Warriors. “Gallo flashback moment from eight years ago tonight,” Karl tweeted shortly after Murray suffered the knee injury.
Nick Friedell: Jamal Murray was in agony underneath the basket for a few moments -- he appeared to be grabbing his left knee. Nuggets coaching staff instantly knew injury was bad and started calling for more attention. Murray just limped his way back to locker room.
Adrian Wojnarowski: As you’d expect, the Nuggets are working to get Murray an MRI on that left knee to evaluate the severity of the knee injury, source tells ESPN.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Michael Malone said the team is waiting on imaging testing on Jamal Murray's left knee: "He just came back, he was gone for four days. His [right] knee had been bothering him…just an awful feeling. Keep Jamal in your thoughts and prayers and hopefully we will get some good news"
Harrison Wind: There was no minute restriction on Jamal Murray tonight, as advised by Denver's training staff. "I don't think the minutes played had something to do with it," Malone said. "I just think it was a freak accident and I'll be keeping Jamal and his family in my thoughts and prayers."
Michael Singer: MPJ on Jamal Murray: “The mood was how you could imagine. We’re just all kind of waiting to hear what’s going on. We’re all worried about him, praying for him and just hoping for the best.”
Ohm Youngmisuk: Michael Porter Jr. heard Jamal Murray yelling in pain after the injury. On what Murray means: “Y’all know what he means to us, he’s ‘the dude’ – Nikola and Jamal. They brought this team to new heights… but we are more worried about his well-being right now.”
Ohm Youngmisuk: Monte Morris on Jamal Murray: “Everybody knows Jamal is a huge, huge piece to this team, alongside Nikola... Seeing him go down like that, never, never that you could even think that was going to happen. He lifts so much, his body is strong."
Mark Medina: Neither Michael Porter Jr nor Monte Morris have been able to speak to Jamal Murray after the game given his injury. Porter Jr: "The mood is definitely not very joyful in the locker room. But we hope he's all right."
Mark Medina: Warriors coach Steve Kerr: "Everybody in our locker room is thinking about Jamal Murray." Passed along condolences and positive vibes that Murray's injury isn't serious
Michael Singer: Jamal Murray is available for tonight's game vs. Golden State, I'm told. He's missed the last four games with right knee soreness.
Paul Garcia: Coach Malone says Jamal Murray is out tonight with right knee soreness. Paul Millsap is also out (rest).
Michael Singer: Asked Malone about Jamal Murray’s knee: “I’m not overly concerned.” Said it’s been nagging him for a while and last game it acted up. Malone also seemed to intimate he’d be out tonight as well to rest it with 22 games to go.
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.”
Tatum scored 31 points and Boston took its turn pounding Miami early, jumping out to a 26-4 lead and cruising to a 102-82 victory that evened the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece. “Obviously, we knew how important this game was,” Tatum said. “Everybody just had to come up with a different sense of urgency.”
ESPN Stats: Points Scored in Game 4: All Heat starters — 18 Victor Oladipo — 23 This is the very first playoff game that an entire starting lineup was outscored by a player from its bench (since starters were first tracked in 1970-71).
Zach Kram: Re NBA blowouts: 18% of games this postseason have been decided by 25+ points. The record is 23% in 2016. But we remember the 2016 playoffs as amazing because of GSW-OKC and CLE-GSW. A few remarkable moments and series can make up for other blowouts across the board.