Amid a closely-contested point guard battle, Jamal Murray did not take his opportunity to shine in the Denver Nuggets’ last preseason game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second-year guard had just five points on 2-of-8 from the field and 1-of-6 from beyond the arc in his start.
However, BSN Denver's Harrison Wind reports that Murray isn’t sweating the shots he missed and continues to retain that shooter’s mentality.
“I’m so open, everybody is telling me to shoot it but for me, it’s not going down so I just got to be thinking about the next shot,” Murray continued. “Not worry about the last one.”
“There are games where I’ll start off slow and I’ll come out for the second-half and I won’t miss a shot,” Murray said bluntly. “I’m not worried about missing.”
Jamal Murray had an inconsistent preseason campaign on the whole. In the four games he played, his 20-point effort against the Lakers was the only time he hit double-digit scoring. However, he did still shoot 52 percent on 3-pointers, which is encouraging.
Whether or not he wins the starting point guard job right away, the Nuggets will still need Murray to play a big role this season. He has the potential to be the best shooter among their current point guard options, so he must continue to be confident in taking those shots when they’re available to him.