Are you going to trade me?”
The Denver Nuggets won 104-93 in the first leg of the 2022-23 NBA Finals against the Miami Heat held at the Denver Ball Arena in Colorado, USA on the 2nd (Korean time), winning the first final victory since its founding.먹튀검증
Standing at the center of the spotlight is Nicola Jokicci. He achieved a triple-double (27 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists) in the first game of the finals, and has already recorded his 9th record in the playoffs (including the finals) this season. This is the most playoffs in a single season in NBA history.
The performance of Jamal Murray, the returning Twin Ace, is also hard to ignore. He flew with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 1 steal while standing on the court for the longest time on the day at 44 minutes and 4 seconds. Photo (Denver USA)=AFPBBNews=News1
However, the performance of Jamal Murray, the returning Twin Ace, is also hard to ignore. He flew with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 1 steal while standing on the court for the longest time on the day at 44 minutes and 4 seconds.
It was like seeing Murray at that time, who was active as an ace in the playoffs three years ago. He boasted the best teamwork with Yokichi, led Denver’s attack, and played 100% of the time, such as the Andone play that cuts off Miami’s flow whenever a crisis occurs.
It is Murray who has had a long period of frustration. He showed off his best performance in the 2019-20 season playoffs and led Denver to the Western Conference Finals. However, in April 2021, he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and eventually missed the rest of the season as well as the entire 2021-22 season.
For Murray, the injury took a toll both physically and psychologically. Denver coach Michael Malone said in an interview with local reporters after winning Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, “Murray was in tears immediately after his injury and said, ‘Are you going to trade? I’m broken,’ he said. Then I said to Murray, ‘No! You are our player and we love you. I will help him come back and I will become a better player,’” he said.
Murray showed tears to coach Marlon Denver shortly after his ACL injury. And Denver embraced him and are looking at winning the first finals together. Photo=AFPBBNews=News1
Murray was a player who briefly stood at the top and then fell precipitously. He couldn’t help but feel very frustrated. When he felt his world was his, it fell to his bottom and made him unbearable. However, Denver waited for Murray, and although he showed ups and downs in the regular season in the 2022-23 season, he slowly helped him regain his form. In the end, Murray, along with Jokic, rewarded their wait by leading them to their first Western Conference title, their first finals advance, and victory.
Murray’s resurrection and performance are more recognized by those around him. Aaron Gordon said in an official interview after the game, “Murray is one of the best guards in the league and one of the best scorers. He is up there with the best players in the world.”
Sports pundit and journalist Bill Simmons said in his podcast, “Murray is one of the 25 best players in the NBA. With a healthy Murray, Jokic doesn’t have to lead the team alone.”
Even Jokic said, “The most important thing is to win the game. He’s trying to win by any means. He doesn’t have to shoot or score to affect the game.” After all, it is a story that can be said because there is a main scorer like Murray.
Denver’s first Finals victory is now just three wins away. It’s hard to mention the sweep series prematurely because Miami has Jimmy ‘Jordan’ Butler, but with Murray resurrected, there is no question of their victory. Denver’s first franchise win, with Murray at the center of it, would be a great story too.