Nuggets news: Jamal Murray plans to play vs. Blazers despite dealing with right trunk contusion
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Nuggets’ Jamal Murray plans to play vs. Blazers despite dealing with right trunk contusion

Jamal Murray

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray suffered a right trunk contusion on Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers and was forced to leave the game.

While the Nuggets are listing Murray as questionable for Friday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Murray says he’s going to play:

The Nuggets lost to the Sixers by a final score of 97-92. Murray got hurt just five minutes into the game and never returned.

On the season, Murray is averaging 17.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists. He’s shooting 43.5 percent from the field, 33.6 percent from beyond the arc and 90.3 percent from the free-throw line.

The Nuggets, after Wednesday’s loss, are 14-8 on the season. They are in the fifth spot in the Western Conference standings.

Denver, usually known as an offensive team, is averaging just 105.8 points per game on the season. That’s 23rd in the NBA. However, the Nuggets have the best defense in the league right now, giving up just 101.7 points a night.

The Nuggets made it to the second round of the playoffs last season, where they lost to the Blazers in seven games. As was the case last season, Denver will ultimately go as far as All-Star Nikola Jokic can guide them. Jokic is putting up 16.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists in 22 games while shooting 46.8 percent overall.