It was already clear that Jamal Murray was a special player but he’s taken it up a notch since the restart of the season, especially in the playoffs.
The Canadian guard went human-torch mode in the first round vs. the Utah Jazz and kept it going vs. the Los Angeles Clippers to help his team become the first to overcome a 3-1 deficit twice in the same playoffs in NBA history.
So, when asked about what’s changed for him recently in terms of preparation for games, he gave a pretty blunt answer: sleep time:
“I go to bed around 12 or 1 (on the nights before games), wake up around nine or 10, and then I’ll sleep after shoot-around for like five hours. It’s been that way in the bubble. I normally sleep like two (hours before games during normal times). I sleep good at night too. But if I’m here for basketball, then I’m going to be here for basketball,” Murray told Sam Amick of The Athletic.
Murray went on to add that Paul George was right about the mental health struggles in the bubble, claiming that players feel trapped from time to time:
“(The mental health struggle) is a real thing, and I could see it. There’s time when you’re like, ‘Man, I feel like I’m in jail sometimes.’ But you go back, play basketball, have a good (practice), talk to your guys — and they’re like brothers to me — so it all helps and it all works out,” He concluded.
Jamal said that basketball is like an addiction for him and even though it’s good to get it out of his mind for a while, he’s taking the bubble as a place to be 99% focused on getting the job done. So far, it’s definitely paid off, as they’re back in the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2009. Now, it’s time to take care of LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.