That is why, when Murray collapsed to the floor in huge pain right in front of the Charlotte Hornets bench before halftime, it was clear that something was wrong.
Murray scored on a layup, Barton hit a 3-pointer, Jokic made a short jumper and Torrey Craig also scored in a 9-0 run to put Denver ahead 52-39. Coach Michael Malone's trust level in him is soaring, too. "I have to keep that going". Obviously he has had an issue with ankle injuries. "I've just been trying to stay ready for this". He rolled it and those are scary because those injures - aside from being painful - you don't want to have Jamal Murray miss [an] extended period of time. The severity of the injury is still unknown, but X-rays reportedly came back negative and assistant coach Charles Klask told Katy Winge of AltitudeTV that Murray said it did not feel as bad as he thought when it happened.
For now, not much is known about Murray's ankle injury, but here is what is known so far.
X-rays on Murray's left ankle returned negative, though Mike Malone was unsure of whether Murray would be out long-term.
Beyond those five facts, his injury is a mystery, but as he gets more tests done over the next couple of days, a clearer picture will begin to take shape. "I prepare for every game like I'm going to play". Well, in the second half against the Hornets, Malone started Monte Morris at point guard in place of Murray as he did previous year when Murray missed time.
The Hornets started to chip away to get back into it late in the third.
Well, that is as clear as it gets. Where else could they look for players to pick up Murray's slack? Harris is now out with a groin injury.
"I like whenever they run plays for me", cracked Porter, who also had eight rebounds.
Once again, that is as clear as it gets, but the most interesting part of Malone's statement above is that he mentioned Dozier as another creator to rely on.
Dozier finished with 12 points in 13 minutes, including a stretch in the second half where he scored nine straight for the Nuggets.
"That's not accurate", Malone said before the game.