Jamal Murray is gutting through elbow issue for the Nuggets

In a win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night, Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray had a solid all-around statline-17 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two steals. But he went just 6-for-18 from the floor, and 1-for-8 from beyond the arc. Over his last two games, Murray is just 15-for-38 (39.5 percent) from the floor (3-for-13 from beyond the arc). Going back three games, Murray is 19-for-47 (40.4 percent) from the floor and 4-for-17 from 3-point range over that span.

So Is Jamal Murray Injured?

On Dec. 28 against the Houston Rockets, Murray took a hard fall which led to him being evaluated for a concussion. He popped up on the injury report the next day with a right elbow contusion, and did not play that night against the Sacramento Kings.

The Nuggets have been a little thin on available bodies lately. Michael Porter Jr. has been out all of January due to COVID-19 ramifications. Gary Harris has missed the last two games due to personal reasons, and it’s not clear when he’ll return. The Nuggets’ next game is scheduled for Sunday against the Utah Jazz.

So resting Murray to get his elbow all the way right probably hasn’t been on coach Michael Malone’s radar. Will Barton and Monte Morris have stepped up solidly as more prominent supporting players in place of Porter and Harris though.

Murray is averaging 19.5 points, 4.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and one steal per game while shooting just over 46 percent from the floor (35.7 percent from 3-point range) through 11 games. So his numbers aren’t that bad so far. He just hasn’t had the follow-up many expected, after a star-making turn in the bubble. In 19 playoff games last year, he averaged 26.5 points per game on over 45 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

Murray may get a game off at some point if his elbow issue lingers. From another angle, he might be a sneaky buy-low candidate in fantasy basketball.

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