Jamal Murray was ecstatic after completing a 3-1 comeback against the heavily favoured Clippers but found time in his post-game interview to promulgate the naysayers in the media. Specifically, he called out ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Zach Lowe and TNT’s Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley. He advised them to put “some damn respect” on the Nuggets’ name because they’re heading to the Conference Finals.
“You got [Shaquille O’Neal], you got Charles [Barkley], I think Zach Lowe … Stephen A. [Smith], all y’all better start giving this team some damn respect,” Murray said. “Because we put in the work. We shouldn’t have been down 3-1, but to come back down 3-1 against the Clippers is a big achievement, so it’s fun just to change that narrative.”
This is Murray and the Nuggets’ second 3-1 comeback in this postseason alone. They more than exuded the resilience that he talked about in his post-game presser. As for the haters, they’ll be eating crow. Barkley and Shaq anticipated a sweep following the Clippers’ dominant game one victory. Smith echoed a similar sentiment and anticipated Los Angeles to make quick work of this young Denver team.
The tandem of Jokic and Murray led the way for the Nuggets in their game seven victory. The Joker’s historic triple-double is the first one completed through three-quarters of a game seven. Moreover, he became the first player in league history to notch a triple-double with 15+ rebounds and is the lone player to have two game seven triple-doubles. His partner in crime is the second-youngest player in NBA history to have 40+ points in a game seven.
The thoroughbred Nuggets will look to continue their hot streak against the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals on Friday.