Jamal Murray listed as questionable vs. Grizzlies
Murray is currently dealing with a right shin injury and, as Mike Singer of the Denver Post reminds us, the injury situation for the Nuggets isn’t all that great right now:
— Mike Singer (@msinger) December 9, 2018
Murray, one of the Denver’s most heavily utilized players (his usage rate of 27.5 percent is second on the Nuggets, only trailing Nikola Jokic), is averaging 17.4 points, 4.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game this season while playing a team-high 34.3 minutes per contest and that’s helped the Nuggets earn a 17-9 record to this point.
As we know, injuries are a part of the game but they haven’t been all that kind to this Denver team as of late. Barton is week-to-week, Harris is out for several weeks with a hip injury and Millsap is out indefinitely after breaking his toe.
Consequently, not having Murray in the lineup would be another tough development for the Nuggets, especially against a Memphis squad that’s been playing some pretty good basketball after adding up-and-coming coach and former All-Star shooting guard Jerry Stackhouse to their coaching staff.
After Monday’s matchup, the Nuggets will get several days off to rest before returning to the court on Friday for a showdown with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Perhaps that short break will give this team a chance to recover from what’s been a difficult stretch with injuries, and that may help Denver continue their hot start to the season.
*All stats gathered from Basketball Reference