Memphis Grizzlies (29-26, eighth in the Western Conference) vs. Denver Nuggets (36-20, fourth in the Western Conference) Denver; Monday, 9 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Nikola Jokic leads Denver into a matchup against Memphis. He ranks 10th in the NBA scoring 26.1 points per game.
Murray, having been subjected criticism for much of the season for not living up to the impossible standard he set in the bubble last year, was now playing at or near his apex, leading the Nuggets up the Western Conference standings, helping the team ascend to title contender status … and now his season — and perhaps his team’s championship aspiration — is suddenly over.
But there will be games in the playoffs that he’s going to have to do more. And you’ve got an opportunity for (MPJ) to help a little bit. He’s probably got to help a little bit more.