Last night, Jamal Murray’s 48 points led the Nuggets to a huge 115-107 win over the Boston Celtics. This was a breakout game for the 3rd year stud out of Kentucky, and it came over none other than Kyrie Irving. Both PGs were sensational, hitting big shot after big shot, seemingly playing a game of horse. These were the only 2 players who were able to get anything going, with even Kyrie’s 31 outscoring the next closest player on either team by a whopping 16.
This big performance did lead to some controversy immediately after the game, with Kyrie even chucking a ball out into the crowd. Irving’s frustration stemmed from Jamal Murray’s last second shot attempt in an effort to reach the big Five-Oh. Going into the post game presser he had not really calmed down, and when asked about the incident he explained his actions “I mean, what kind of competitor wouldn’t it bother? I understand if we fouled him, going to the free throw line. … I don’t want to make a big deal out of it.”
Though I understand the competitive aspect that Kyrie is referring to, I also understand where Murray is coming from when he put up the shot. There have been so few players in NBA history with 50 point games, and I definitely understand pushing for it when you are just one shot away. Irving finished his thoughts with a blunt rationale, “But the ball deserves to go in the crowd after a bulls— move like that. So I threw it in the crowd.”
In the end, competitors will always compete, whether that is Jamal shooting it, or Kyrie throwing it. That’s what makes sports great, and without it the NBA wouldn’t be half of what it is today. Have a day Jamal Murray, have a day!