NBA Playoffs 2019: 3 Talking points from Portland Trail Blazers' win over Denver Nuggets in Game 2
#3 Jamal Murray's thigh a cause for concern; Torrey Craig is tough
During the physical and hard-fought game, Jamal Murray re-aggravated his thigh injury from Round 1 (caused by a screen from Spurs' Jacob Poeltl) and had to be taken out for the final 53 seconds. According to him, he ran into another screen in Game 2 and had noticeble issues moving as the game progressed.
"I'm just going to get treatment and just be ready for Game 3. It was definitely hurting."
Murray finished with a sub-par 15 points on a miserable 6-of-18 shooting night from the floor.
Denver's starting small forward Torrey Craig had to endure a possible nasal contusion after he got knocked down and hit Monte Morris' foot. He was rushed off the court with blood gushing out of his injured nose.
To everyone's delight, Craig returned with a mask on and checked in with more than a quarter remaining in the game, sinking a three immediately.
"I think Torrey Craig is the unsung hero of the game," Malone said. "He's got some (guts). He's got some toughness."
When Craig was slammed into the ground again (this time by Kanter), Murray and the rest of the bench took offense to it and a heated scuffle broke out mid-court with 43 seconds left in the game. Both Murray and Kanter were assessed technicals.