Murray will serve in a bench role for Thursday's game against Atlanta, Christian Clark of BSNDenver.com reports. The Nuggets have decided to make a big change to the starting lineup and have granted Monte Morris the start at point guard. Murray has put up 17.8 points across 33.7 minutes per contest to this point, but his team will turn to Morris with the hope of executing on defense more consistently. Murray should still see a significant chunk of minutes off the bench.
Murray posted 15 points (7-13 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five assists, one rebound and one steal across 35 minutes in Tuesday's 109-99 loss to the Rockets. After his 48-point outlier against the Celtics, Murray has rattled off four games in a row right around 15 points per game, coming back down to Earth in terms of shooting efficiency over that span. While he hit five three-pointers in his career game, Murray has just two threes over the past four games, which is something he will have to improve to be an elite scorer for the Nuggets going forward.
Murray managed 15 points (6-21 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven assists, four rebounds and a steal across 36 minutes in Wednesday's loss to the Grizzlies. Murray cooled off in a big way after dropping 48 points in his previous game. Although owners have come to expect some streaky shooting from Murray, Wednesday was significantly worse than he his typical performance. As a whole, the 21 year old is having a strong fantasy season, averaging 18.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.6 threes and 1.0 steal per game.
Murray erupted for a career-high 48 points (19-30 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 5-5 FT) and added five rebounds and four assists across 38 minutes Monday in the Nuggets' 115-107 win over the Celtics. Murray's scoring haul nearly doubled his previous season high of 26 points, which he put up against the Suns on Oct. 20. The third-year point guard had the hot hand throughout the night, pouring in 23 points in the first half and adding 19 more to his ledger in the final quarter. The 21-year-old put up a couple shots in the closing seconds as he looked to crack the 50-point barrier, with his three-point heave at the buzzer in particular drawing the ire of the Celtics' Kyrie Irving, who threw the errant attempt into the stands and blasted the opposing point guard in a post-game interview. While the Celtics might not have pleased with Murray's performance, his fantasy owners can certainly come away smiling, as they already had been for the past two weeks. Murray has shaken off a rough start to the campaign to post averages of 22.3 points (on 51.5 percent shooting from the field), 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.5 three-pointers and 1.0 steal in 35.5 minutes per game over his last six appearances.
Murray had 19 points (7-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, and four assists in 35 minutes during Saturday's 103-88 victory over Utah. Murray was solid Saturday, helping the Nuggets to an impressive victory over the Jazz. After going through a shooting slump only a few games prior, Murray has found his touch again more recently, putting to rest any fears people might have had. He will likely go through another difficult period at some stage but those with him on their roster will just need to ride it out and wait for the bounce-back.
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