Nuggets guard Jamal Murray’s painful admission on ACL recovery
We’ll always wonder just how far the Denver Nuggets could’ve gone in the 2021 NBA Playoffs if superstar guard Jamal Murray was healthy. The Canadian suffered a torn ACL in April, which is expected to sideline him for 7-9 months.
During media day on Monday, Murray discussed the injury and where he’s truly at when it comes to rehab. Via Chris Dempsey:
Jamal Murray on his rehab: “I want to come back when it feels like I can play with the same kind of force. … Five months ago I could barely lift my leg off my bed. I’ve come a long way. But I have a long way to go.” #Nuggets
— Chris Dempsey (@chrisadempsey) September 27, 2021
Good to know that he has come a long way, but it sure sounds like the Nuggets PG isn’t even close to returning to the floor. Murray is known for his high-energy style of play and if he’s not able to change directions like he’s used to, Murray won’t be the same player.
There’s currently no timetable for when he could be back on the hardwood for the Nuggets, but their roster is more than capable of staying afloat for the time being. With MVP Nikola Jokic leading the way alongside the likes of Aaron Gordon and Michael Porter Jr, Denver has a very strong team who will be poised to make another playoff run and with Murray eventually back at some point this season, they will certainly be a scary sight.
In 48 games in 2020-21 for the Nuggets, Murray averaged 21.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.8 assists on 40% shooting from downtown.