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BBNBA: Murray’s 34 Not Enough as Denver Falls in Quadruple Overtime

(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Good afternoon, folks. Did anyone else suffer through four overtimes of basketball well after midnight? Let’s talk NBA Playoffs.

RECAP

(1) Bucks – 123 @ (4) Celtics – 116 (MIL leads 2-1)

  • Another dominant third quarter from the Milwaukee Bucks earned them a 2-1 series lead as Game 4 stays in Boston. The Bucks put up 40 points in the third period and outscored the Celtics by nine. If you remember from Game 2, Milwaukee pummeled Boston 39-18 in the third period that ultimately allowed them enough wiggle room to win the game. Game 3 was no different, as the Bucks came out of halftime looking aggressive behind Giannis Anteotkounmpo – who finished with 32 points on only 14 shot attempts (he shot 16-22 from the free throw line) to go along with 13 rebounds and eight assists. Unlike the first two games, where Antetokounmpo’s drives were met right at the rim with brick wall like sturdiness, he was shiftier and working in transition more often to draw the fouls he needed to be effective.
  • Eric Bledsoe had a rough shooting night, knocking down only four of his 15 shot attempts for nine points. He shot 1-6 from deep, posted only four assists, and turned the ball over another four times. If it wasn’t for George Hill’s brilliant performance in the second half, Bledsoe’s poor night would have been a bigger deal.

(2) Nuggets – 137 @ (3) Trail Blazers – 140 (4OT) (POR leads 2-1)

  • This game was pure madness. For us suckers who live on the East coast, this one didn’t even end until 2 a.m. and at one point I just wanted the damn thing to end. And after four extra periods, the Trail Blazers pull out a massive win to take the series lead with the Nuggets losing a heartbreaker.
  • Nikola Jokic played 65 minutes. Jamal Murray added another 59. C.J. McCollum also hit 60 minutes and Damian Lillard topped out at 57. Even Enes Kanter – hobbled by several injuries – saw the court for 56 minutes.
  • Rodney Hood hit the go-ahead game-winning shot with under 20 seconds left in the final overtime period to put the Blazers ahead in the series. Rodney Hood. Of all people (Hood has actually played exceptionally well in this round). Jokic finished with 33 points, 18 rebounds, and 14 assists while Lillard and McCollum combined for 69 points.
  • Murray was great to start the game. He ended with 34 points – most of them coming in the first half – and played with incredibly active hands on defense. A slew of misses towards the end destroyed his field goal percentage (14-32 on the night) and he – along with 80 percent of the players on the court – was visibly exhausted once we hit multiple overtimes. However, he didn’t appear fazed by the right thigh injury he sustained in Game 2.

  • Kanter, on the other hand, was hampered by injuries all game. The shoulder was bothering him early and you could tell from his squinting facial expressions he was in significant pain for a good chunk of the game. Near the end of the regulation, he was even walking with a noticeable limp. It also didn’t help that he was bodying with Jokic all game, who does not shy away from off-ball contact. The fact that Kanter made it all the way to 56 minutes is a borderline miracle. He posted 18 points and 15 rebounds.
  • He said after the game that his shoulder is still in serious pain.”I will just go home and get some rest,” Kanter said. “I don’t know if I can play the next game but I will do my best to be out there with my teammates.” Game 4 will stay in Portland and tips off on Sunday.
  • Check out the full stat sheet below.

STATISTICS

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Jamal Murray (DEN)137-140 L (4OT) @ POR3414-32 (4-12)95104+655
Enes Kanter (POR)140-137 W (4OT) vs. DEN188-16 (1-1)150312+256
Eric Bledsoe (MIL)123-116 W @ BOS94-15 (1-6)14004-927
Trey Lyles (DEN)137-140 L (4OT) @ PORDNP-CD----------------
Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)137-140 L (4OT) @ PORDNP-CD----------------
Skal Labissiere (POR)140-137 W (4OT) vs. DENDNP-CD----------------

TONIGHT IN THE NBA

8:30 (TNT): Warriors (Cousins-out) @ Rockets (GSW leads 2-0)

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

15 Comments for BBNBA: Murray’s 34 Not Enough as Denver Falls in Quadruple Overtime



  1. Smyrna_Cat
    3:26 pm May 4, 2019 Permalink

    Pissy is not a writing style, and it obviously doesn’t attract viewers or commentors.



  2. addyjaxlarkin
    3:31 pm May 4, 2019 Permalink

    Murray was overrated at UK and he has carried that with him to the NBA. People tend to give him more credit than he deserves. He needs to be in the
    G-League.



    • Smyrna_Cat
      3:34 pm May 4, 2019 Permalink

      Of course, friend of Zack (or Zack). The fact that Murray scored 34 in a high level, high stakes game is certainly an indication of G-League talent.



    • addyjaxlarkin
      3:43 pm May 4, 2019 Permalink

      Archie Goodwin was way better FACTS.



    • nocode96
      3:51 pm May 4, 2019 Permalink

      Murray is a legit stud and will make far more NBA All-Star teams than you ever will addy. You must not know dik about the NBA. Murray is easily one of the best 25 players in the game right now. He may even one day reach VIP potential. I know you come on here and do your little shtick of trolling, but you blur the lines far too often for us to be in on your joke, if that’s what it is. Outside of Anthony Davis, and KAT, there isn’t a better UK guy in the league right now. Fox and Booker certainly can be, but their teams need to be relevant first. Give me Murray over John Wall any day if the week, and I LOVE John Wall. Murray is barely a half step down from the absolute great guards in the game like Curry and Lillard, and that’s saying something. So, if this is one of your troll jobs, it’s not a good one like a couple have been. If it’s not, there is no one with a mild knowledge of the NBA that would agree with you.



    • mashburnfan1
      4:12 pm May 4, 2019 Permalink

      NOSENSE or NOCLUE Murray is a good NBA player but not even close to top 25 in NBA right now. And the article should say how anytime the Blazers wanted a hoop they simply posted Murray and scored, as did the Spurs. If you watch the games you will even see how they take Murray out at the defensive end coming down the stretch of games, put him back for offense.



    • nocode96
      5:06 pm May 4, 2019 Permalink

      Name 24 better players right now. Don’t use google, name 24 better players. I’ll wait all day on your response mashburnfan. Something tells me your old, racist self is gonna say John Stockton is a better, current player. Or, I’m sure you’re a big fan of JJ Reddick. You honestly shouldn’t speak at all in here unless you’re talking about football. You’re easily the dumbest person commenting when it comes to college ball, don’t try and dip your stupid toe in the nba talk too son. There’s a reason I don’t comment on UK football articles, it’s because I don’t know what the hell im talking about, you should follow my lead when it comes to basketball. Better to be quiet and let people think you’re an idiot, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.



    • addyjaxlarkin
      5:19 pm May 4, 2019 Permalink

      Racism in any way shape or form is unacceptable and pathetic. I really hope you are assuming and your accusations hold no water. If you are assuming please refrain from pulling a card like that out just bc you feel it’s the perfect stereotype for a situation. I want to believe we live in a day and age where the new norm is sight without skin color.



    • 4everUKblue
      6:24 pm May 4, 2019 Permalink

      If mashbumKfanboy only had a brain, all he’s got is hate and ignorance.



    • 4everUKblue
      6:30 pm May 4, 2019 Permalink

      Addyjax is on the same level if ignorance as mashbumKfanboy. Anyone who thinks Archie Goodwin is anywhere near as good as Murray was not alive when Archie played, that is among the dumbest mashbumKfanboy like comments ever on this site.



    • imabucket
      11:20 am May 5, 2019 Permalink

      While mash does post ignorant stuff sometimes . Other times he is right on. If you all really think Murray is a top 25 player in the nba right now . Your an idiot . He’s not even the best player on his team right now . He’s not even in the top 50 in the NBA. But he’s close . And that’s good enough for me. For now .



  3. Smyrna_Cat
    3:32 pm May 4, 2019 Permalink

    There is no need to say something negative about UK players every single time you write one of these. Try something new.



  4. CatfaninCinci
    3:55 pm May 4, 2019 Permalink

    You know what I’ve noticed? BigOlSlaterMedic, Mashburnfan1 and BigOlBlue have taken a seat posting, and now we have addyjaxlarkin.

    Same person me thinks…



    • addyjaxlarkin
      4:10 pm May 4, 2019 Permalink

      Absolutely not I only carry one personality. I just think maybe they are possibly on paid vacations. What’s the weather like in cinci today? Hopefully no rain delay tonight… really enjoyed watching Senzel play yesterday.