The Denver Nuggets have overcome some difficult obstacles in the NBA playoffs in order to reach the Western Conference Finals. A critical factor in their success has been Jamal Murray — who has played at a level reminiscent of Stephen Curry.
There has been no shortage of instances when Murray has stepped up in big moments for the Nuggets — carrying the team down the stretch. He is rapidly ascending to being one of the league’s truly dynamic guards and forming an incredible one-two punch with Nikola Jokic.
According to Justin Kubatko of Pro Basketball-Reference, Murray has recorded six games in this year’s playoffs with at least 30 points and an eFG% of 60% or higher. The only other guard that has achieved this mark within a single postseason was Curry — doing so in seven games.
The Nuggets currently find themselves in a 3-1 series deficit to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. Murray will be needed to put together more superstar-caliber performances for Denver to pull off yet another improbable series comeback.
During the 18 playoff games the Denver Nuggets have played this year, Jamal Murray has averaged an impressive 26.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 6.6 assists. Doing so with shooting splits of 51.0% FG, 46.6% 3P, and 89.0% FT — nearly reaching the illustrious 50/40/90 tier.
It will be fascinating to see how Murray manages to build off the incredible level of play he has provided the Nuggets when he takes the court in 2021. If he has truly taken a few steps forward in his development, could he continue to reach Stephen Curry like levels?
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