Jamal Murray Torches Lakers Early, Trolls Lonzo Ball At The End of A 4th Quarter Beat Down
Most people consider a player on a winning team dunking in the final seconds of a victory to be disrespectful. I don’t think it’s a big deal, even for today’s ultra-sensitive world.
What I would consider to be disrespectful is if a player on a winning team decided to dribble behind a player’s back in the final seconds of a game that saw the losing team get outscored 21-2 in the final five and half minutes. That’s exactly what happened at the end of Saturday’s Lakers and Nuggets game.
With less than 10 seconds left of the Lakers collapse, Jamal Murray, who broke out of a three-point shooting slump that made Lonzo Ball look like Steph Curry, decided to dribble behind Lonzo Ball’s back and run in front of him. Julius Randle didn’t appreciate the trolling, fouled Murray and gave him that borderline psychopath look he gave Kevin Garnett a few years back.
Ball, who earlier earned his first tech of his career by saying “bullshit,” couldn’t care less about the “disrespectful” act. His critics will probably give him shit for not getting upset like Randle and Brandon Ingram but he was more concerned about his team getting outscored 37-20 in a quarter and failing to score in the final four minutes.
Back to Murray and his shooting. He came into Saturday’s game shooting 5-for-36 from three over his last eight games. In the first quarter against the Lakers, he connected on 4-of-7 shots, 3-of-5 from three, 3-of-3 from the free throw line for 14 points in just 10 minutes. He finished the game with 28 points (5-8 from three and four points short of his career-high). Hopefully a performance like this will get the second year player back in a scoring groove and help the Nuggets win their fans more free Papa Johns pizza.
RESPECT FOR FAT LEVER
If you follow Ballislife, then you have probably seen more posts about Fat Lever from us than the rest of the internet combined. Not only am I a huge fan of the criminally underrated 6’3 triple-double threat, I’ve even gone as far as saying he was the original Russell Westbrook. On this night, the Nuggets showed their respect for Fat by raising his number 12 into the rafter.