The Superstar made in the NBA bubble
The NBA Playoffs are now in full swing as the Heat lead the Celtics 3-1 and the Lakers tighten their grip on their series with a 3-1 lead over the Denver Nuggets. Different players are stepping up the postseason as each team needs everything they can get from each player to advance to the next round, but no player has stepped up more than Jamal Murray. The seventh pick in 2016 has proven his worth several times in this playoff series for the Nuggets as they continue to fight for a trip to the NBA Finals. The Nuggets have fought three-on-one twice in the playoffs before, but do they have enough fuel for a new winning streak to beat the Lakers and head to the first final in franchise history.
Murray has historically been on a good playoff tear averaging 26.9 points per game, 6.6 assists and 4.9 rebounds, the Canadian guard has scored over 40 in 5 outings including two games where he exploded for 50 points. Murray has only scored under 20 in 5 of his games, proving his ability on the attacking side of the ball and showing continuous improvement year after year. Murray brought out the potential of the defense by producing big saves on some of the league’s most talented players. Jamal Murray’s continuous improvement since his rookie year has put him in the best position to be successful at throwing light on the Lakers, taking shots at will, and his incredible composure has allowed him to score bursts and shoots. highlight. The Nuggets have become real threats for years to come, especially if they have the chance to add another big chunk. Playing with their backs against the wall Denver will need all they can get if they have any hope of escaping this round.
No one could have expected this huge leap forward that was made by Jamal Murray in the playoffs. He exploded in a game a win over the Utah Jazz impressing all NBA fans, losing twice in a row as he underperformed. Murray intended to score the entire game in Game 4 – scoring a career-high 50 points with Donovan Mitchell and coming from short losing 3 points, but finishing with 50 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists on the scoreboard . It was just the start of his scorching streak that transformed the series by scoring 42 points and overtaking the Jazz with a win in Game 5. With a chance to tie the series at 3 games apiece, Murray didn’t hold back from scoring another 50 points, which led the Nuggets to tie the series in Game 7. Scoring just 17 in a close win. At 80-78 Game 7, Murray was a pivotal piece, advancing the Nuggets in the second round against the much-favored Los Angeles Clippers.
Playing this series without anyone giving them a chance was tough enough, but losing 3 of the first 4 games was a mountain ahead of them. They believed they could climb it, fighting to come back to live to fight for a Game 7. Jamal Murray continued to play at an extremely important level every game bursting for big scoring nights, in each of the Nuggets’ victories Murray has scored. 21, 26, 27 and even a 40-point performance in Game 7, once again proving his unguardable scoring ability. They beat the Clippers by 15, giving them no chance to come back and sneak out of the series. It was a major upheaval for Murray and the Nuggets with more fans heating up at the thought of seeing a Nuggets upset by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Murray and the Nuggets face their toughest task, defeating LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. This team has improved through the regular season and the playoffs and an upheaval may not be out of the question. The Nuggets have improved as a defensive team. The Nuggets jokes originated this season and called the team the “Enver Nuggets” because they don’t have a D, referring to the Denver Nuggets’ lack of defensive pressure. Defense has been improved making them a much harder team to beat during games. Jamal Murray continues his scoring flurry averaging 26.5 points per game against the Lakers on 54% shots from the field, Murray was particularly good in Game 4 scoring 28 points while distributing 12 assists and collecting 8 rebounds showing his versatility as a playmaker and as a defender. The Nuggets are down 3-1 in Game 5 on Saturday. A win could keep their hopes alive with their backs to the wall, it’s too late to give up now. Murray will travel to LeBron to have one of the best clashes we’ve seen of all the playoffs, a huge game awaits the Nuggets as they look to get back on track.
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