With just under an hour to tip-off in the match between the Denver Nuggets and the Golden State Warriors, Murray has been demoted to out while Jokic has been elevated to available.
Injury Updates for Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic via Denver Nuggets Teams
This was the most likely result given that Murray and the Nuggets are approaching the game similarly to how Kawhi Leonard and the LA Clippers are. Back-to-backs are not currently in effect because both players have recovered from ACL tears.
It made sense for Murray to sit out the first half of this back-to-back, despite the fact that it involves a strong opponent, because the Nuggets are scheduled to play their home opener on Saturday.
With Murray out, this will be a tough test for the Nuggets. Without him, they were unable to upset the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs the previous season, and they will once again face a difficult opponent in this contest.
But Golden State is a matchup nightmare for any team, even if Murray were to be active.
Following this contest, the Nuggets will return home to play their home debut against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday. Murray will receive a well-deserved standing ovation from the home crowd in that game, which has to be taken into consideration when deciding whether to keep him out of this game against the Warriors.
Even though Denver will be without Murray against Golden State, Nikola Jokic, their MVP, provides them a chance to win on any given night.
About Jamal Murray
|No. 27 – Denver Nuggets|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|Born||February 23, 1997|
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school||Grand River (Kitchener, Ontario)|
|NBA draft||2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall|
|Selected by the Denver Nuggets|
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