– Jamal Murray is expected to miss the remainder of the month due to a right hamstring strain
– The injury requires three to four weeks to properly heal
– Michael Porter Jr. has a chance to put up career-high numbers within the Nuggets’ offense
Denver Nuggets shooting guard Jamal Murray has suffered a right hamstring strain and will likely be out for the remainder of the month, sports commentators are reporting. This puts a damper on the Nuggets’ chances this season, as sportsbooks are giving them the third-shortest odds to repeat, with better odds predicted for the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks for 2024. This cautious approach is essential for Murray’s long-term health, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski explains, to ensure there are no lingering hamstring issues.
Murray, 26, injured his hamstring at the start of Denver’s victory over the Chicago Bulls. He has a history of similar injuries and was out near the end of training camp in October with the same issue. Though he will likely miss three to four weeks of play, he is a critical piece for the Nuggets, having played brilliantly during last season’s playoffs, and averaging 16.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 7.4 assists this season.
“The Nuggets are taking a cautious approach to assure there will be no lingering issues with the hamstring,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday.
Moreover, Michael Porter Jr. now has the opportunity to carry a larger load offensively for the Nuggets. This could lead to a breakout season for Porter, eventually leading to an All-Star appearance. Nugget’s coach, Malone, will be cautious in bringing Murray back but there are high hopes for Jamal’s return.