Murray delivered 21 points (8-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven assists, six rebounds and one steal across 24 minutes during Team World's 155-124 win over Team USA in the Rising Stars Challenge.
Murray's scoring total was second only to Buddy Hield's on the starting five, as was his shot volume. The second-year guard was sharp from the field overall, extending a favorable trend that's been part of his successful February thus far. The former Kentucky Wildcat shot between 44.4 and 75.0 percent in six of the first seven games of the month, draining multiple threes in five of those contests. Given his role as the Nuggets' primary ball handler and his improving game, he projects as a rewarding asset for fantasy owners across all formats for the balance of the regular season.
Murray had 26 points (9-12 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 3-5 FT), five rebounds, five assists and three steals in 35 minutes during Thursday's 134-123 victory over Milwaukee.
Murray played a full complement of minutes finishing with 26 points on just 12 shot attempts. He was red-hot in the third quarter as the Nuggets were able to create a comfortable lead, carrying it through to the final term. Murray has had a breakout season after a bit of a slow start to his campaign. He was actually dropped in a number of leagues to begin the season but has completely turned things around since then. Denver is one of the most exciting teams from both a reality and fantasy perspective and as they make their push for the playoffs, Murray should be in line for plenty of action.
Murray (chest) is no longer listed on the injury report ahead of Thursday's game against the Bucks, T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports reports.
While Murray continues to deal with some pain in his chest, he's opting to play through it once again Thursday. He logged a whopping 38 minutes in Tuesday's tilt with the Spurs, posting 17 points, five rebounds, one assist and two steals, so it didn't appear to hurt his production in that contest. Fantasy owners can go ahead and activate him as usual in what is the last game before a week-long layoff.
Murray (chest) is officially listed as probable for Thursday's matchup with the Bucks, Gina Mizell of the Denver Post reports.
Murray reportedly played through some significant chest discomfort Tuesday against the Spurs and indicated after the game that he planned to continue to play through it Thursday, so this latest update doesn't come as much of a surprise. After logging 38 minutes despite dealing with "constant pain" in the Nuggets' previous contest, it appears Murray should be in line for a full workload once again. Barring any sort of setbacks throughout the day, look for Murray to start at point guard as usual, though it's still a something to monitor up until lineup lock just to be sure.
Murray acknowledged after Tuesday's 117-109 win over the Spurs that he was in "constant pain" while playing through a chest injury, but said he plans to suit up Thursday against the Bucks, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Murray enjoyed an efficient night despite being less than fully healthy Tuesday, finishing with 17 points (6-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-3 FT), five rebounds, two steals and one assist in 38 minutes. It's likely that he'll be in store for another sizable workload Thursday, even though Murray plans to play in the Rising Stars Challenge a day later "no matter what." Given that the Rising Stars Challenge tends to be a rather low-intensity exhibition game, Murray should meet his goal of playing back-to-back days, but his status is nonetheless worth tracking heading into Thursday.
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