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Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr. catch heat after Nuggets botch closing possession in loss to Wizards

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The Nuggets had a spacious probability to, at a minimum, send their game Thursday against the Wizards to time beyond regulations. On the closing possession of regulations, they had numbers and dwelling for a extensive-originate, game-tying layup.

In its place, Denver settled for a transition 3-point are trying by Facundo Campazzo for the resolve that neglected badly. Denver lost 112-110.

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The Nuggets took a 3 due to the:

— Jamal Murray picked up his dribble early on a 3-on-1 damage after which needed to purchase from one in every of three Nuggets who had drifted to the three-point line. (Monte Morris modified into a trailer.)

— A form of Nuggets within the lend a hand of the arc, an unguarded Michael Porter Jr., also can beget decrease to the basket, but didn’t.

Murray first tweeted that the play modified into on him and acknowledged that he need to beget shot:

My fault Nuggets nation.. on to the subsequent one.. STICK WITH US!!

— Jamal Murray (@BeMore27) February 26, 2021

After which he adopted up with an alternate attitude of the setup for the closing play.

But Denver coach Mike Malone set up it on Murray and Porter:

Michael Malone on the tip of the game:


“We had a layup. It’s a ways a 3-on-one damage. All Michael Porter has to maintain is decrease to the basket. All Jamal Murray has to maintain is push the ball and assault. But we didn’t get that…wasted opportunity there.”#Nuggets #MileHighBasketball

— Michael Spencer (@MichaelCBS4) February 26, 2021

Twitter coaches had blame for both, as effectively:

if they were genuine analytic nerds they wouldn’t catch a 3 over a layup. MPJ merely infected a slow play. Nothing to maintain with analytics.

— sam🦅 (@sambrazy) February 26, 2021

After watching this a couple of times I blame MPJ here, campazzo and Morris filled lanes accurately as trailing guards, mpj need to beget made himself on hand as an internal goal whereas all people stuck out

— LTPicks (@LT_Picks) February 26, 2021

If the Nuggets were only having fun with for the resolve in that event, then they no less than got an originate gaze Campazzo. But Washington’s defense modified into badly beaten and a extensive-originate 2 modified into there for the taking. But Denver grew to become that down, and so now or no longer it’s taking Ls within the standings, on social media and from Charles Barkley:

We merely had 5 minutes of the NBA on TNT crew talking about that blown hasty damage from the Nuggets.

It ended with Barkley asserting, “All of them were dumber than rocks.”

— Matt Schubert (@MattDSchubert) February 26, 2021

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