The injury bug has not been kind to the Denver Nuggets this season. The team has missed many key players over the course of the year, leading to a less-than-ideal record relatively speaking. In particular, Jamal Murray has been the biggest concern, with the star missing over a year of action due to an ACL injury he suffered last season.

Amid the news that both Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. might be unavailable for the Nuggets’ playoff push, the star guard had a little fun with reporters. As the team was conducting interviews, Murray took a seat as if to field questions. It’s nice to see the star still having a bit of fun and bantering with the media despite the heavy news. (via Mike Singer)

Without Murray to shoulder playmaking duties, the onus has fallen on Nikola Jokic to be lights-out this season. The Serbian behemoth has obliged, turning in another MVP-caliber season for the Nuggets. However, the downside is that Michael Malone had to run Jokic to the ground for them to have a fighting chance in the regular season. It doesn’t bode well for their chances in the playoffs.

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Fans were banking on Murray potentially returning prior to the end of the regular season to ramp up for the playoffs. After all, the Nuggets star’s postseason heroics are well-documented by everyone. Unfortunately, it seems like Murray has suffered setbacks in his recovery, and he’s unlikely to play at all this year. That’s an unlucky break for a franchise that hasn’t gotten any luck this year.

Is it possible that the Nuggets still make it deep in the playoffs? Absolutely. Nikola Jokic has shown that he can carry this team to big wins. However, if Jokic will carry this squad, he will need his supporting crew to back him up. After all, if his teammates don’t make their shots, Jokic’s passes are for naught.

Who knows? If Jokic can successfully power the Nuggets through the play-in tournament and first round, maybe Murray can return. All they need to do is buy time for the Canadian sniper to recover fully from his injury.