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As important as Nikola Jokic is to the Denver Nuggets’ success, Jamal Murray’s health is pivotal for that same success. Without Murray performing at his best, the Nuggets have no chance to win an NBA championship, and that was shown perfectly in these playoffs.

During the Denver Nuggets’ exit interviews, head coach Michael Malone opened up on Murray’s injuries and playoff struggles. Malone can’t say what could have been done to prevent Murray’s injuries, but he does hope that the early playoff exit will motivate the young guard.

“I have no idea why he’s missed the games he’s missed,” Malone said. “The injuries have been the injuries. Are they all a by-product of the original ACL injury? I’m not really sure. That’s a question better-suited for someone that knows what the hell they’re talking about, so I’m not going to be that guy. But what can Jamal do to help himself out? The hope is not just for Jamal, but when you lose in the playoffs like we did this year, that has to motivate you. That’s got to resonate deep within you to come back a better player, to come back a better coach, to come back a better a team. For Jamal, we don’t beat the Lakers without Jamal.

Two  averaged 26.1 points, 7.1 assists, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.5 steals on 47/40/93 shooting from the field. This season, he averaged 20.6 points, 5.6 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 0.8 steals on 40/32/92 shooting from the field. It was a drop off that that coach Malone would attribute to Murray’s injuries.