Michael Malone Jamal Murray
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Jamal Murray has been out of action since last April due to a torn ACL in his left knee. The Nuggets star has been recovering fine and is close to being able to step on the court.

According to Denver’s head coach Michael Malone, the possibility of Murray playing in one of the remaining four regular season games is not out of question.

“Jamal’s working his butt off. I talked to, I think, Sports Writer of the year Mike Singer the other day, I told him how we’re not shutting down Jamal Murray.

“This is not a black and white issue. We’re not running a race with a definitive finish line. Who knows what the season is going to look like after four games. Are we going to be in the playoffs, are we going to be in the play-in? That’s to be determined.

“Jamal’s getting better every day. Trust me, we all want him back, I want him back. We’re a better team with Jamal Murray. And he wants to be back. He’s making great progress but I can’t sit here and say that he’s going to play in any of the last four games but I also can’t say that he won’t.”

The Nuggets are currently in sixth place in the Western Conference – good enough for a direct playoff spot. But they are just two games above the Timberwolves, a team that defeated them last night.