The bumpy ride this season continued for the Miami Heat on Wednesday. For the second straight game, they proved early they could compete with a contender in the Western Conference only to falter in the second half. This time, it was the Heat building an eight-point, first-half lead before falling 123-106 to the Denver Nuggets.
When the team announced that Murray, the Nuggets point guard who became a national star at the 2020 NBA Playoffs bubble in Orlando, had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, those same coastal media elites headed for the exits. And you know what? The Joker won’t miss ‘em.
Jokic, who has not missed a game this season, took 90 of the 101 first-place votes cast in ESPN's latest MVP straw poll, conducted this past weekend. If that result holds when the official ballots are cast next month, Jokic would be the first center to win MVP since Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal in 2000. To gauge where the race stands with a month left in the season, ESPN asked 101 media members to participate in an informal poll that mimics the postseason awards voting.