Jamal Murray injury update: Nuggets star indefinitely absent with torn ACL in left knee

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Denver Nuggets goaltender Jamal Murray suffered an ACL tear in his left knee and will be out indefinitely, the team announced Tuesday. While no timeline has been set for his return, with an injury like this it is likely that he will miss the rest of the season. Murray was injured in Monday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors, when he attempted to attack the basket, but as soon as he tried to get up with his left leg he immediately fell to the ground and appeared seriously suffer.

He refused a wheelchair when the injury occurred and instead limped off the pitch with help.

Murray’s loss is a blow to a Denver team that has been in tears lately. The Nuggets took action on the trade deadline to acquire Aaron Gordon and JaVale McGee to bolster their roster for what they expected to be a long postseason streak led by MVP frontman Nikola Jokic and Murray. Now, with just over a month to play into the season, Denver will be without their second-leading scorer in Murray, who has had a stellar season.

After breaking into the NBA bubble last season, where he averaged 26.5 points and 6.6 assists in the Nuggets’ surprise playoffs in the Western Conference Finals. Murray has postponed that production into this season. He started the season slow, struggling with his effectiveness, but really started to catch fire around February, where he was shooting 51% from the field and 46% from depth. He’s averaged career highs in all fields and has been instrumental in Denver’s success in recent times.

Losing a talent like Murray is devastating and virtually irreplaceable. With him, that will mean guys like Michael Porter Jr., – who also has a breakthrough season – and Will Barton will have to step up the attack to try and make up for Murray’s loss of production.

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