Jamal Murray and the Denver Nuggets were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs earlier this week by the Phoenix Suns. But Murray had an interesting commentary on the state of the playoffs that’s given a lot of people pause.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, Murray noted that the “healthiest” team will probably win the NBA title. The tweet comes on the heels of reports that All-Stars like Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving are going to miss games with various ailments and injuries.
“The healthiest team will win the championship this year… wow,” Murray wrote. His tweet has already garnered over 16,000 likes in just over an hour.
Some have pointed out that this is what happens every year. And to a point, they’re right.
But something just feels different about how the injuries are affecting the playoffs right now.
The healthiest team will win the championship this year..wow
— Jamal Murray (@BeMore27) June 16, 2021
The Brooklyn Nets are where the injuries are really concerning. Two members of the team’s Big 3 – James Harden and Kyrie – have missed several games this postseason.
How is any team or fan supposed to make the argument that the assembled Big 3 were beaten fair and square if injuries keep 30- to 60-percent of their superstars are injured?
Make no mistake: The eventual NBA champion will have earned it, and history probably won’t remember who was injured along the way.
But the very debates that persisted for so much of this past season and the offseason will continue deep into next season if all of the biggest stars are hurt at critical junctures.
Is Jamal Murray bringing up a valid concern here?