Opinion: Nuggets’ Jamal Murray making the leap to stardom in playoffs alongside Nikola Jokic
ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Three of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs on September 22, 2020 at AdventHealth Arena in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Denver Nuggets coach Michael Malone had an honest conversation with Jamal Murry after last season, and Murray didn’t welcome the blunt words.

“Tremendous relationship with him which I really value,” Malone explained. “He came to me last year, kind of after the playoffs, he says, ‘Coach, you know what drives me crazy and I hate? You say I’m inconsistent. What bothers me is that you’re right. I know I have to be more consistent.’ “

From inconsistent to good during the 2019-20 regular season, Murray has taken another leap in the playoffs — from good to great.

Murray paraded his postseason magnificence throughout Game 3 on Tuesday, scoring a team-high 28 points, delivering 12 assists and collecting eight rebounds in Denver’s 114-106 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.


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