“No panic”: Coach Michael Malone Makes Honest Amission After Nuggets’ Game 4 loss to Lakers as he shares injury concern ahead of Game 5…

Following the Lakers’ resurgence in the tie, Coach Michael Malone maintained a composed demeanor, acknowledging the setback against their rivals.

The Los Angeles Lakers displayed resilience akin to the famed Terminator T-1 as they clinched victory over the Nuggets, momentarily alleviating pressure on the sidelines. LeBron James delivered a commanding performance, propelling the Lakers to a 119-108 triumph in Game 4, reigniting hopes of a comeback.

In the aftermath of the defeat, Nuggets’ coach Michael Malone addressed the press, admitting the outcome was less than desirable while emphasizing the need to prevent its recurrence.

“Is it ideal? No,” Malone remarked. “But our focus now is to address it and ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

Refusing to dwell on excuses, Malone remained steadfast in his assessment. “If we dissect the situation, attributing our defeat to logistical mishaps like players missing their customary warm-up shoes, it’s far-fetched,” he added. “I’m not one to make excuses or pinpoint trivialities. We must own our performance.”

Contrary to previous encounters where the Nuggets mounted comebacks, they faltered to contain the Lakers’ relentless onslaught in Game 4, failing to bridge the deficit.

“We discussed the importance of a strong start,” acknowledged Denver’s Michael Porter Jr. “The energy required to recover from double-digit deficits is immense. Tonight, the Lakers maintained their momentum, thwarting our attempts at a comeback. Credit to them for executing under pressure.”

Explaining the peculiar incident of warming up sans shoes, Porter Jr. shed light on the logistical hiccup. “There was some confusion with the bus carrying the shoes, causing a delay,” he clarified.

As the Nuggets recalibrate for Game 5, Malone’s pragmatic approach underscores their determination to rebound from adversity and secure victory.

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Denver Nuggets star Jamal Murray has landed on the injury report.

Murray is listed as questionable for Game 5 of Denver’s first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers, which will take place on Monday. The Nuggets announced on Sunday that Murray is dealing with a left calf strain.

Nuggets star questionable with calf injury ahead of Game 5

Murray has averaged 21.5 points, 7.3 assists and 5.0 rebounds across the first four games of the series. He stunned the Lakers with an outstanding game-winning shot in Game 2, but he has struggled shooting the ball overall.

Murray has shot just 38% from the field against L.A. He has made only 20.8% of his shots from three-point range. It is unclear if the calf injury is something new or has been a factor for him in the series.

The Lakers avoided the sweep with a 119-108 win over Denver in Game 4 at Crypto.com Arena on Saturday night. Murray has historically been a very important player for the Nuggets in the postseason, so his status will be worth monitoring going forward.

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