Nuggets’ Jamal Murray officially out for restart opener
According to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps, Murray, who is nursing a hamstring injury, was putting up shots pregame before the Nuggets’ first restart game against the Miami Heat. However, the 23-year-old Canadian floor general will end up missing the contest.
Gary Harris and Jamal Murray were both out on the court getting up shots and working out until Denver & Miami took the floor. Both of them will miss today’s game, as will Will Barton. Nuggets will start Monte Morris, Torrey Craig, Michael Porter Jr, Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) August 1, 2020
Along with Murray, wings Gary Harris and Will Barton are out on Saturday, per Bontemps. Harris is dealing with a hip injury while Barton has a knee concern; the Nuggets are starting Monte Morris, Torrey Craig, Michael Porter Jr., Paul Millsap, and All-Star center Nikola Jokic.
The Nuggets enter the NBA’s season resumption with the third-best record in the West. With the Orlando “bubble” starting up, Jokic made headlines due to a drastic weight loss returning from the four-month layover between the season’s suspension back in March and July. Head coach Mike Malone, in Denver’s first exhibition game before official regular-season games start yesterday and today, had Jokic running the point with a huge lineup including former injured 7-foot-2 center Bol Bol.
Bol scored double-digit points multiple times, although it’s difficult to see the son of Manute Bol making an immediate impact in the lineup as the rookie hasn’t played any official games yet.
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