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Nuggets Murray could miss rest of the season after ACL injury

Jamal Murray was helped off the court, after going down with a knee injury in final minute of the Nuggets loss to the Golden State Warriors last night

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Murray out with ACL injury
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One of the top players on one of the top teams in the Western Conference may miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Jamal Murray went down in the final minute of the Nuggets loss to the Golden State Warriors last night.

Rest of season in jeopardy for Murray

Murray was given the news today that he tore his ACL and will most likely miss the rest of the season. A devastating blow for one of the top talents in the league, and disastrous news for the Denver Nuggets, who looked to be poised to make a run late in the season, and challenge the Lakers and the rest of the Western Conference.

The Canadian was attacking the iron with under 60 seconds on the clock looking for a late comeback bid on the Warriors. As soon as he landed he grasped his knee and was gesturing as though he knew something was wrong.

ACL injuries can take up to a year to recover from

Murray has missed a few in the last weeks due to complications with the opposite knee which he injured last night, but it appears he will be out for a lengthier spell after the doctors diagnosis came out today. ACL injuries usually take around eight months to a year to recover from, which would put a definitely end to his season.

Denver’s offense revolves around Jokic, and Jamal. Murray is averaging 21 ppg and a shade under five assists a night. Last night’s injury with 50 seconds left in a game that was essentially out of reach will leave coach Malone and the Nuggets without one of their top stars for the majority, if not the entire rest of the season.

Denver's deadline moves turned Nuggets into a contender

The Nuggets were active in the NBA trade deadline, showing their intent to build a team capable of making a run through the playoffs. The signing of Aaron Gordon was a big step in the right direction, but this Murray potentially missing the rest of the season would be a brutal blow for the Nuggets title hopes.