The Nuggets will start the 2021-22 season without star Jamal Murray.
The 24-year-old is still recovering from a left anterior cruciate ligament tear during the 2020-21 season and is expected to remain on the side indefinitely.
What’s next for Murray? Here’s everything we know about his injury and the latest news on when he will return to court.
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Jamal Murray’s injury timeline
On April 12, Murray returned to play against the Warriors after missing the previous four matches due to soreness in his right knee. He suffered a non-contact injury on a quick break in the fourth quarter of the competition and will later be considered out of the season after sustaining a ruptured left anterior cruciate ligament.
It came as a huge blow to the Nuggets who were reeling after a solid trading deadline, winning 17 of their last 20 games. They began to emerge as a contender for the championship before losing to Murray, who was averaging 21.2 points, 4.8 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.
When can Jamal Murray return from injury?
There was no set timetable for Murray’s return as he will be out indefinitely.
On Denver Media Day, Murray gave a brief update on his injury, Mentionsed“Just five months ago, I couldn’t get my legs off the bed. So, I’ve come a long way. But even when I do certain things, I have to remind myself that I can’t do it to the speed or level I want to do…this will come with Time goes by. And I can’t rush time.”
Tim Connelly, chief of basketball operations for the Nuggets, struck a similar tone when discussing Murray’s knee injury.
“He’ll be back when he’s ready,” Connelly said. “Not when we tell him, not a calendar appointment. Only he’ll know when he’s ready. And we’re in a hurry.”
ACL injuries typically take a full year to recover, which means a rough estimate is Murray will be back sometime in April. Of course, everyone heals differently.
Jamal Murray’s injury history
Murray does not have a long injury history by any means.
During the junior season in 2016-2017, he played in 82 games for the Nuggets. In his second season in 2017-18, he only missed one game (rest).
In the third year, Murray missed his first real chunk of time, missing six games with a minor left ankle injury. In the 2019-20 season, he missed 10 games with a left ankle sprain, marking the longest stretch of his career before he injured his ACL.
As mentioned, Murray only missed four games during the 2020-21 season with soreness in his right knee before he tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in his first game.