Jamal Murray downplays Nuggets’ lack of playoff experience, cites Game 7 in 1st round
Jamal Murray is not concerned with the Denver Nuggets’s lack of playoff experience, expecting to go into yet another Game 7 with eyes wide open.
“It’s weird, everyone keeps talking about experience,” said Murray of many of the young Nuggets playing in their first postseason, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. “I just want to say that we’ve been here before. We’ll go back home, regroup like we did for San Antonio, come back with energy and just be ready to play.”
The Nuggets did win Game 7 against a well-coached San Antonio Spurs team in the first round, as well as coming back from a demoralizing playoff debut loss to them to even the series and eventually win it in a do-or-die scenario.
Murray was particularly stellar in that Game 7, putting up 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting from the floor and 5-of-6 from the stripe, leading a well-balanced attack alongside franchise star Nikola Jokic and Gary Harris.
The Nuggets will have to go through the wringer again, this time against a competent Portland Trail Blazers team with a stellar backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
Murray is averaging 24.7 points per game in this series and has logged some major minutes, including 55 in Game 3 during a quadruple overtime game, while playing all but two minutes of regulation in Game 6.
Ultimately, the Nuggets will have home court advantage going into this game, hoping to punch their ticket to the Western Conference Finals after missing out on the postseason altogether last year.
Not too shabby for some young players without much playoff experience.