The Denver Nuggets lost a winnable game at home vs. the Washington Wizards last night. That happens, there’s nothing to be worried about with that. However, the way they lost the game must have them scratching their heads right now.
Down 2, the Nuggets had a 3-on-1 fast-break to tie or win the game. Jamal Murray picked up his dribble beyond the arc, got doubled-team, and not one of the other three Nuggets on the perimeter even considered cutting to get a wide-open layup.
The outcome was as bad as you’d expect. Facundo Campazzo air-balled a three-pointer and the Wizards dodged a massive bullet.
Nuggets have a 3 on 1 fast break down 2 in the final seconds and **FART NOISE** pic.twitter.com/sq7RUZU458
— Fastbreak Breakfast (@fastbreakbreak) February 26, 2021
Apparently, Jamal Murray wasn’t pleased with his teammate’s basketball IQ on this play, and seemed to take a slight shot at them by posting a picture where it clearly shows that Campazzo, Monte Morris, and Michael Porter Jr had a chance to be wide-open below the rim had they moved a couple of feet.
This angle.. pic.twitter.com/VBCpMqTcEZ
— Jamal Murray (@BeMore27) February 26, 2021
This tendency to chug three-pointers every time they have a chance of doing so isn’t winning basketball all the time, and the Nuggets could’ve pulled this off by just going back to fundamentals.
Murray’s antics, however, didn’t sit well for some people online, who called him out for picking up his dribble too early or for posting that rather than keeping it on the locker room:
Bro the real ones aren’t going no where, I just don’t understand why no one cut to the paint when you pumped fake. I think you said it best MPJ should gone towards the rim right away but there’s enough time for Facu and Morris also pic.twitter.com/H41MJwAIl1
— Willay (@EEstrada359) February 26, 2021
Yes he chose to be doubled…..by the only 2 defenders that crossed halfcourt. Leaving 0 defenders to guard the basket….which any of these 3 fools could have run towards 🤣
— Dab8me (@Da_Bate_Me) February 26, 2021
Very immature 👎🏻 break it down in the film room
— Mihad Feratovic (@iFEAST__) February 26, 2021
This angle.. you just stopped and picked up the ball to start. My neighbors kids in the street playing ball could’ve double teamed you. 🤦🏾♂️ I kno they should’ve moved & 1 at least cut, but this start DID NOT help, cuz.. Beal only one in front of u.. pic.twitter.com/DLB04SEjFH
— Barry Lird (@jweekly10) February 26, 2021
At the end of the day, the Nuggets will certainly learn from this blatant mistake, and perhaps Twitter isn’t the best place to break down film.