/Nuggets guard Jamal Murray suffers torn left ACL, team announces – The Denver Post

Nuggets guard Jamal Murray suffers torn left ACL, team announces – The Denver Post


When Jamal Murray crashed to the floor with less than a minute remaining in Monday’s loss to Golden State, his reaction suggested he knew something devastating had just happened.

Murray suffered a torn left ACL, The Denver Post first reported and was later anounced by the team early Tuesday morning, ending his season and compromising the Nuggets’ title hopes barely a month out from the postseason.

His recovery, according to a league source, is expected to be anywhere from 9 to 12 months. Not only is Murray’s injury devastating to the Nuggets this season, but his recovery is expected to come near the end of next year’s regular season, when the NBA is back on its normal schedule.

Murray’s surgery isn’t scheduled yet, and he was expected to fly back to Denver with his teammates Tuesday morning.

Murray, who was in the midst of a career year, writhed on the floor in agony as his teammates, and coach Michael Malone, huddled around the grimacing star.

“He just came back,” a visibly shaken Malone said following Tuesday’s loss. “He was gone for four days. His knee’s been bothering him. He took those four games to try to get right. First game back, obviously. It’s just an awful feeling.”

Nikola Jokic was on the floor when Murray went down.

“The guy who is the warrior, who is gonna fight through everything, was in pain,” Jokic said.

Michael Porter Jr. was on the floor as well, but his vantage point of Murray’s takeoff was partially blocked.

“I just saw him toss the ball up and go down,” Porter said. “After that, I just heard him yelling in pain.”

Murray received an outpouring of love from fellow NBA stars in the wake of his injury. Damian Lillard, Donovan Mitchell and Zach LaVine all shared support on their social media channels.

This story will be updated.

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