Jamal Murray engaged in a pregame shooting regimen before the Nuggets-Clippers matchup, displaying promising signs for an earlier return from his fourth consecutive sidelined game due to a strained right hamstring.
While Murray’s exertion level remains uncertain, his fluid movement suggests a potential comeback sooner than the anticipated 3-4 weeks, fostering optimism.
Despite the Nuggets’ cautious approach to ensure hamstring recovery without complications, the pregame session hints at a possible return within the third week, as seen in the accompanying video.
Jamal Murray went through a somewhat routine pregame shooting workout just now. Don’t know if he was going 100%, but he was moving around well. Murray will be sidelined for a fourth-straight game tonight with a strained right hamstring. pic.twitter.com/mHEiS5nllO
— Harrison Wind (@HarrisonWind) November 15, 2023
The Nuggets, in Murray’s absence, boast a 3-1 record, triumphing over the Pelicans, Warriors, and Clippers, with the lone setback against the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center.
Despite the team’s success without Murray, the prevailing expectation is a mandatory healing period of three to four weeks before the pivotal player resumes on-court action.
At 26, Murray stands as a linchpin in the Nuggets’ championship aspirations alongside two-time MVP Nikola Jokic.
Murray’s instrumental role in Denver’s previous NBA title run, with an impressive postseason average of 26.1 points, 7.1 assists, and 5.7 rebounds in 20 games, underscores his significance to the team.
During Murray’s absence, the Nuggets have entrusted veteran guard Reggie Jackson with the starting role, while also benefiting from the contributions of emerging guards Collin Gillespie and Julian Strawther.