Jamal Murray Fined $100K By NBA For Getting Too Hot At Refs

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In a recent game where the Nuggets suffered a 106-80 defeat, Jamal Murray received a $100,000 fine from the NBA for throwing objects onto the court in frustration. Despite the incident, Murray avoided suspension but was penalized for his actions.

During the second quarter of the game, with 4:41 remaining, Murray, visibly upset on the bench, attempted to throw a towel at an official, followed by tossing a heating pad onto the court during gameplay. The heating pad landed near the players during a play made by Karl-Anthony Towns of the Timberwolves. The incident was captured by cameras, leading to Murray being identified as the culprit.

Referee Mark Davis initially tried to assess the situation near the Nuggets’ bench but confirmed Murray’s involvement upon reviewing the footage. Following the game, Davis clarified the criteria for ejection related to such disturbances.

Murray’s actions drew criticism from Timberwolves’ coach Chris Finch, who labeled them as “dangerous” and “inexcusable.” Although the Timberwolves expected immediate consequences, the officiating crew overlooked the incident at first, mistaking it for an accident.

Despite his frustrations, Murray’s performance on the court was lackluster, scoring only eight points on 3-for-18 shooting but securing a career-high 13 rebounds. While he had notable moments in the previous series against the Lakers, Murray’s current playoff statistics show a decline in scoring efficiency.

With the Timberwolves leading the series 2-0, the Nuggets will aim to retaliate in Game 3 scheduled in Minnesota. Fortunately for Denver, Murray’s absence from suspension provides a glimmer of hope for a potential comeback.

The upcoming game will take place on Friday, May 10 at 9:30 pm ET, and fans anticipate an exciting matchup between the Nuggets and the Timberwolves.

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