Jamal Murray’s late-game knee injury a potentially devastating blow to Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets' postseason fortunes potentially hang in the balance as they await word on Jamal Murray and his injured knee.

Murray crashed to the court in agony late in the fourth quarter Monday against the Golden State Warriors and immediately grabbed his left knee. The injury appeared to be of the noncontact variety after Murray's knee seemed to buckle as he drove to the hoop with 50.6 seconds left in the game.

Trainers and coaches rushed onto the court as an anguished Murray pounded the floor under the basket. A wheelchair was brought out, but Murray got up and hobbled to the locker room with help from two team staff members.

Murray finished the night with 17 points in 33 minutes in the Nuggets' 116-107 loss.

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Jamal Murray left the game after an injury to his left knee pic.twitter.com/ddEEMg9A4c

The Nuggets had no word on the severity of Murray's injury after the game, but he was taken to the hospital where he was to undergo an MRI. Denver coach Michael Malone and teammates were noticeably upset, with Malone describing the mood in the locker room as "very down."

"Some of the (assistant) coaches said when they watched the replay, it looked like he hyperextended it," Malone said. "Just an awful feeling. Keep Jamal in your thoughts and prayers, and hopefully we'll get some good news."

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Murray's injury is a potentially devastating blow for Denver, which had been the hottest team in the NBA. The Nuggets won eight in a row after acquiring Aaron Gordon at the trade deadline and had won 17 of 20 overall before dropping their last two. They've climbed to fourth place in the Western Conference.

After a breakout playoffs last fall in the Orlando bubble, Murray had an uneven start to this season. He's dealt with injuries, including soreness in his right knee that kept him out of the last four games prior to Monday, but has come on strong lately. Murray is averaging 21.2 points, 4.8 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game on 47.7% shooting.


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