Nuggets backcourt suffers another blow following Jamal Murray injury
Murphy’s Law states that “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.” Unfortunately, this law seems to be taking full effect in the Denver Nuggets roster with their string of injuries. Per Mike Sinker of the Denver Post, Will Barton will miss time with a hamstring issue:
Will Barton is out tonight vs. HOU w/the right hamstring strain. At very minimum, he’s expected to miss a handful of the next few games, league source tells @denverpost. No definitive timeline yet.
Malone said during ESPN’s broadcast Barton told him he felt something “pop”.
— Mike Singer (@msinger) April 24, 2021
This is a blow to the Nuggets for the time being, as Barton has been averaging 12.7 points, four boards, and 3.2 assists. In general, he is a solid and well-rounded player, who is a more than capable, outside shooter with his 38.1% clip. Barton plays tough defense and brings veteran savvy to an otherwise young team.
Denver already lost their second-best player in Jamal Murray to injury this season and even backup guard Monte Morris also suffered a hamstring strain. Hamstring injuries have also sidelined the Brooklyn Nets duo of Kevin Durant and James Harden.
The Murray injury especially will seriously put a cap on the Nuggets’ postseason expectations. With a healthy and complete roster, Denver could be classified as a dark horse candidate to make it out of the Western Conference.
Murray is the ideal running mate to a franchise player like Nikola Jokić. Their pick and rolls or pick and pops are a thing of beauty and strain opposing defenses. Murray has the capability to be an incendiary scorer and hit shots from all over the floor.
Barton and Morris should be able to return after several games, but the team should probably be more conservative in how they address their injuries, as the hamstring variety is proving to be quite tricky. The Nuggets will need all the help they can get in their playoff journey.