The Denver Nuggets learned some devastating news on Wednesday that might derail their hot start of the 2023-24 campaign. Reportedly, Nuggets’ All-Star guard Jamal Murray is dealing with a hamstring injury and is set to miss three to four weeks.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nuggets are taking a cautious approach with Murray and will give him as much time as he needs to properly recover.
“This will be something that will be longer than we would like,” Malone told reporters about Murray. “You have to have the big picture in mind and make sure we’re putting him in a position to get healthy before he comes back.”
Murray strained his hamstring during Saturday’s 123-101 win over the Chicago Bulls. He played only nine minutes, attempting three shots and scoring two points alongside two rebounds, before exiting the game.
Murray’s absence will likely be a tough blow for the Nuggets, considering he is their second-best player after superstar Nikola Jokic. The 26-year-old player hasn’t been scoring friendly to start the 2023-24 campaign, averaging 16.3 points per game, although his assists climbed to a career-high 7.4.
The Nuggets have been on a tear so far in the season, playing according to their status as NBA champions. They won seven out of their first eight games and currently own the best record in the league.