May 10, 2024 - Sports

Denver Nuggets Jamal Murray's up-and-down NBA playoffs, by the numbers

A basketball player in a black jersey with the numbers 27 and 5280 on the front of the jerseys stands with his hands on his waist. Behind him, a massive crowd is visible but blurry.

Jamal Murray during Monday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Ball Arena in Denver. Photo: Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images

Will the real Jamal Murray please stand up?

The big picture: The Denver Nuggets guard has failed to replicate his electrifying performances from the first round in the latest playoff series against the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have taken a 2-0 series lead.

Zoom in: Here's a look at his playoff performance so far this season by the numbers.

$100,000: How much the NBA fined Murray after tossing a heating pad and towel toward a ref during the game.

23.6: Murray's points per game average during the Nuggets' Round 1 series against the Los Angeles Lakers.

-11.1: How many fewer points Murray is averaging in Denver's first two games against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

2: Game-winning shots Murray hit against the Lakers to help send the Nuggets to the second round.

1: Calf injury that may be hampering his performance against the league's No. 1 defense.

2020-21: The last time the Nuggets were swept, though this was in the NBA bubble. Before that, it happened in 2007-08.

2017-18: The last time the NBA had back-to-back champions.

7:30pm: When Game 3 against the Timberwolves tips off Friday night.

The bottom line: If the Nuggets hope to climb out of their 0-2 hole, they'll need Murray to step up.

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