The Denver Nuggets shocked a lot of people by starting the season 9-1. Despite it being just 10 games, they looked like one of the best teams in the league over that stretch. A stretch, of course, that included big wins over the Boston Celtics, New Orleans Pelicans and most notably over the Golden State Warriors in dramatic fashion.
However, they’ve been struggling this past week. So much so, in fact, that they have lost four straight games. And even worse than that? Three of them have come at home. So they’re making a big change. Point guard Jamal Murray is going to the bench.
Riding a 4 game losing streak, the Denver Nuggets move Jamal Murray to the bench and will start Monte Morris at PG tonight
Jamal Murray is averaging 15 PPG on 39% in his last 4 games
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) November 16, 2018
As a result of their losing streak, Nuggets head coach Michael Malone is making a change to the starting lineup. Anything to give the team a spark, right? Before Thursday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, he put third-year pro Jamal Murray on the bench in favor of Monte Morris. Morris. The second-year player out of Iowa State is averaging 8.8 points and 4 assists over 24 minutes per game this season.
It’s an interesting move to say the least, considering Murray is only 10 days removed from a career-high 48-point performance against Boston. But coach Malone felt a change needed to be made, so here we are. We will see how it works for this team moving forward. Despite the four-game losing streak, the Nuggets are still third out West. As of this writing, they’re up big on the Atlanta Hawks.
Murray has 14 points and five assists in 15 minutes off the bench.