clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Monday Quickies: Jamal Murray Edition

New, comments

The former Kentucky Wildcat put on a performance for the ages.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

NBA: Playoffs-Denver Nuggets at Utah Jazz Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday’s stretch of playoff basketball was one for the books and almost couldn’t have ended any better. Boston’s Jayson Tatum put the final nail in the Philadelphia 76ers’ coffin, the reigning champion Toronto Raptors scored 150 points in their sweep-clinching win over Brooklyn, Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic sunk a buzzer-beating three to tie their series with the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver’s Jamal Murray scored a post-season franchise record 50 points in the night’s finale against Utah.

The only changes one could have made were that former Louisville Cardinal Donovan Mitchell didn’t score 51 points in the head-to-head with Murray and the Nuggets had not lost to Utah, creating the up-hill climb of a 3-1 series deficit.

Nonetheless, Murray’s historical performance was one for the ages and a preview of what Denver has to look forward for the next decade. Built with several young stars, the Nuggets MVP may very well be Murray. For this season alone, when Murray has scored 36 and 50 points in a game, their point differential is +8. In the other two games, Murray scored 14 and 12 points while his team had a -56 points differential.

Thankfully, Denver is absolutely loaded with young talent and primed for several years of legitimately contending for deep postseason runs. Therefore, we’ll most likely see a lot of more of Murray’s heroics on one of the game’s biggest stages.

Tweet of the Day

Remembering one of the greatest human beings of all-time.

Quickies

White, Experienced UK Defense Embrace Grind of SEC-Only Schedule - YourSportsEdge

Playing Kentucky won’t be an easy game on the schedule this season.

Mavericks’ Luka Doncic calls historic triple-double, game winner ‘something special’ - ESPN

Luka himself is truly something special.

Breaking down the Hickman commitment and what comes next - Cats Illustrated

Sounds like the latest recruit has a chip on his shoulder.

Donovan Mitchell scores 51 in historic duel with Jamal Murray - ESPN

Talk about an offensive explosion between two of the NBA’s young stars.

Calipari discusses voter registration, absentee ballots with team - Kentucky Sports Radio

Legendary coach and just as great of a mentor.

Cowboys Poe says he’ll talk to Jerry Jones, plans to kneel during anthem - USA Today

There will almost certainly be more decisions similar to this in Dallas.

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson dealing with groin injury, sources say - ESPN

This could become concerning if it lingers into the regular season.

Raptors lose Lowry but complete sweep of Nets in blowout fashion - USA Today

They’ll certainly need their star player heading into the second round.

Dustin Johnson wins by 11 shots at Northern Trust and is back to No. 1 - ESPN

Tearing it up like it’s your local, small town country club.