Nuggets' Jamal Murray questionable for Game 5 with calf strain

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Monday, April 29, 2024

DENVER --Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray's playing status is in jeopardy for Game 5 of their playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday night after he was listed as questionableon the injury report because of a left calf strain.

Murray was nursing the calf injury during the fourth quarter of the Nuggets' 119-108 loss at Los Angeles on Saturday night that snapped Denver's 11-game winning streak against LeBron James and the Lakers.

Murray didn't leave the game but was listed as questionable on the team's injury report Sunday.

Denver leads the series 3-1.

Murray has struggled with his jump shot during the defending NBA champions' first-round playoff series despite hitting the winning buzzer-beater in Game 2.

Murray has shot 38% from the field and 21% from beyond the arc in the series against the Lakers after shooting 48.1% overall and 42.5% on 3-pointers during the regular season, which were both career bests.

Murray missed 23 games this season while dealing with hamstring, knee, ankle and shin ailments, including seven straight down the stretch.

The Lakers, meanwhile, could be getting a boost for their bench. They listed forward Jarred Vanderbilt (right midfoot sprain) as questionable Sunday for the first time since the defensive stalwart got hurt more than two months ago.

The Nuggets, the No. 2 seed in the West, are one win away from advancing to a second-round matchup against the third-seeded Timberwolves, whose 122-116 win at thePhoenix Sunson Sunday night gave Minnesota the franchise's first sweep and its first series win in two decades.

The Lakers are trying to make history by becoming the first NBA team to overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven playoff series.