Opinion: Nuggets’ Jamal Murray making the leap to stardom in playoffs alongside Nikola Jokic

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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