Jamal Murray’s injury is an example of how unpredictable (and unfair) sports can be

Denver Nuggets Jamal Murray (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports)
Denver Nuggets Jamal Murray (Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports) /

Jamal Murray’s injury is another example of the unpredictability (and unfairness) of sports. 

With less than a minute remaining in a game against the Golden State Warriors Monday night, Jamal Murray fell to the ground in what appeared to be immense pain. His left knee buckled and Murray needed help to walk off the floor after he stayed on the floor for several minutes.

It was just another example of how unpredictable and unfair sports can be.

Murray and the Denver Nuggets were hoping for the best, but after watching that visual you can’t help but fear the worst. And the worst was announced, as Murray was lost for the season with a torn ACL.

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This injury could not have come at the worst time for Murray and the Nuggets. Not only were the Nuggets beginning to round into a potential contender in the Western Conference, but Murray was in the midst of the best statistical season of his career thus far.

Before his injury, Murray was averaging 21 points, five assists, and four rebounds per game on 48 percent shooting from the field and 41 percent shooting from 3-point range.

As a team, the Nuggets were looking like a team that could potentially make a deep run in the Western Conference playoffs for a second straight year. Especially since the team had acquired Aaron Gordon, the Nuggets have performed like a much different team.

Since the trade deadline, the Nuggets have won eight of 10 games. Since February 27, specifically, the Nuggets are 17-5 and have made a move up the Western Conference standings. Gordon has given this team an element that they simply haven’t had and had been a great addition to this already talented core.

Though, all that gets complicated with Murray’s injury as he’ll be out for that season. It’s an unfair injury that neither the Nuggets nor Murray could’ve really prevented. It’s the unpredictability of sports and the only thing they can do now is hope for the best.

You really hate to see the Nuggets in this situation. Championship windows in sports close so fast and by the time realization comes into play, it’s generally too late. I hope this is not the end of Denver’s “championship window” and their timeline suggests that it won’t be, even with this most recent injury to Murray, but you just never know in sports.

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This injury is nothing short of unfortunate and gutting for Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets. It’s also another reminder of just how unpredictable and unfair sports can be sometimes.