He walked back to the ramp in the Denver Nuggets locker room, Jamal Murray, paused for a moment before using his jersey to clean his face and was left alone.
For the second time in three games, Murray helped re-eliminate by scoring 0 points.
But as NBA players struggled to find a way to continue the season of social justice and the fight for change, realizing the heavy weight of the last few days inside the bubble, the other brilliant playoff performances left Murray out of the spirit at the end.
“I play with a lot of heart, a lot of enthusiasm,” Murray told TNT shortly after the game. The emotional interview with told reporters after the non-court visit. “And when you’re fighting for something, it means a lot more. And we’ve been fighting this fight for a long time, and we’re fed up with it.”
“It’s an emotional thing, because it’s not just me,” Murray added. “… he lives; he doesn’t … he’s your life. Imagine losing your life. I don’t know what else to say. Imagine a father losing his children, while a father, a son , A brother will shoot seven times in front of his children. Imagine that. “
Murray, 23, then paused for several seconds. The last few days have been emotional for many players as they met, discussed and finally decided to restart the season after 29-year-old black man Jacob Black was shot in the back by Wisconsin police.
After Nuggets practice on Saturday, Murray put on a custom-made pair of Adidas shoes with the realm of George Floyd and Briono Taylor on each shoe placed in front of the camera for exactly two minutes before the interview with reporters. Wearing those shoes and drawing inspiration from them, Murray made 17-of-24 shots, including a 9-of-12 after a 3-point arc to go with 6 assists and five rebounds.
While playing basketball in the bubble, Jamal Murray expresses the feelings he feels about the fight for social justice.
Murray is in the midst of an offensive tear that few players have ever experienced in NBA history. He is the third player to join Slip Floyd and Wilt Chamberlain, scoring 50 runs in the elimination game, according to ELISPN statistics and data.
In Game 4, Murray had 50 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. In Game 5, he had 42 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. He joins Michael Jordan as the only player in post-season history with three straight 40-point, 5-rebound, 5-assist games.
“I’ve been blessed to be around some of the greatest players in the game – LeBron [James], C.P. [Chris Paul]”Steve Curry, Clay Thompson,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “But I’ve never seen anyone go to 50, 42 and 50. And two of those games are elimination games.”
“… and to do with everything that happened in the last three or four days,” Malone added. “All the emotions, all the raw emotion, make it more impressive.”
Playing all but two minutes throughout the second half, Murray hit 7-of-8 shots, including all five of his 3-point attempts to get 21 points in the fourth quarter. When Utah went into the seventh with six minutes left, Murray scored the next 12 points for Denver to put the game out of reach.
That was enough to stop Mitchell, who was also brilliant with 44 points, six rebounds, five assists. Mitchell also buried nine 3-pointers and scored 17 points in the fourth quarter.
Murray and Mitchell’s playoff duel will be decided by Game 7 right now. Both defenders have scored 50 points twice in the series, with Lennon Verson and Jordan joining as the only players to have multiple 50-point games in the series. ESPN Postseason history according to statistics and information.
With a 3-1 lead in the series, Utah could not hide its frustration. Rudy Gobert kicked the chair during the deadline and after the game, Michelle jogged down the stationary bike in anger as she was returning to the locker room.
“We just missed out because it was a win-win game,” Mitchell said. “Not down at all. We got one more game.”
“Jamal is playing with his mind,” Mitchell added. “[Nikola] Jokic is playing great. We need to find a way to run. We’ve done that three times. We can do that fourth. “
For Denver, this will be his third consecutive Game 7 after playing the last two postseason. The Nuggets beat San Antonio in the first round before losing to Portland last year.
But as Jockey pointed out, the Nuggets are basically playing in do-or-die circumstances for two games now.
“He’s really playing at the superstar level right now,” Jockey said.
And Murray will probably play with more emotions again.
“It was all emotion,” Mary said of her break as she returned to the locker room. “It’s hard to put into words. Know, there are a lot of emotions. And I try to play with it, you see. I use it to make myself great, to be better.”