Jamal Murray injury update: Nuggets star guard is out indefinitely with torn ACL in left knee

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Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will be out indefinitely, the team announced Tuesday. Although no timetable has been set for his return, with an injury like this, he is likely to miss the rest of the season. Murray suffered the injury in Monday night’s game against the Golden State Warriors when he tried to attack the basket, but as soon as he tried to lift off his left leg, he immediately fell to the ground and appeared to be in severe pain.

He turned down a wheelchair when the injury occurred and instead limped off the court with help.

Losing Murray is a significant blow for a Denver team that has been on a roll lately. The Nuggets made moves on the trade deadline to acquire Aaron Gordon and JaVale McGee to bolster their roster for what they hoped would be a deep postseason run led by MVP favorite Nikola Jokic and Murray. Now, with just over a month left in the season, Denver will be without its second leading scorer in Murray, who was having an outstanding season.

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After having an outstanding performance in the NBA bubble last season, where he averaged 26.5 points and 6.6 assists in the Nuggets’ surprise postseason run to the Western Conference Finals. Murray carried over that production to this season. He started the season slowly, struggling with his efficiency, but really started to flare around February where he was shooting 51 percent from the field and 46 percent from deep. He’s averaging his career highs across the board and has been a crucial part of Denver’s success lately.

Losing a talent like Murray is devastating and virtually irreplaceable. Without him, it will mean guys like Michael Porter Jr., who is also having a hugely successful season, and Will Barton will have to step up the offense to try to make up for Murray’s lost production.

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