‘Prayers Up’: Zach LaVine, Donovan Mitchell and NBA Stars Pour in Wishes For Jamal Murray After Horrific Injury

Published 04/13/2021, 1:19 AM EDT
Feb 14, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) motions as he brings the ball up court in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports


The Denver Nuggets faced the Golden State Warriors tonight. Although they lost, that wasn’t the worrying thing for them. Their star player, Jamal Murray, suffered a brutal knee injury during the game and is likely to miss a lot of time.

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The incident looked so bad that Murray’s colleagues, fellow NBA players like Donovan Mitchell, Zach LaVine, and many others took to Twitter to tweet about him. Injuries are always horrible, and for them to happen to such a promising player who was having his career-best season makes it even more upsetting.

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Can the Nuggets survive without Jamal Murray?

The Nuggets had a slow start to their season and only recently reached the top 4 in the Western Conference. A lot of this credit went to Nikola Jokic, who is currently leading the MVP race. But because of his spectacular season, there was hardly any attention towards Murray’s performances. He was consistently delivering for them, while also stepping up majorly on the defensive end.

Murray is the Nuggets second-best player, and his injury is going to be a huge blow to the team. They have good depth, but missing a player of his caliber is bound to create a huge void, especially in their offense. It will also increase the workload on Jokic, and other important players like Aaron Gordon and Michael Porter Jr.

They were also in good form recently, winning eight of their last nine games, so this injury could potentially kill their momentum as well.

Murray had just returned from injury

After the game, Nuggets coach Michael Malone was visibly shaken by the incident. Malone became emotional during the press conference while speaking about Murray.

“He just came back. 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,” Malone said.

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Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr was also very concerned about him and offered his good wishes. He said, “Everybody in our locker room is thinking about Jamal Murray … That was a scary fall. … Fingers crossed.”

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There is no timeline yet for Murray’s return. Meanwhile, fans and players will be praying for a smooth and swift recovery for him.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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