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Frank Vogel Calls Jamal Murray The 'Hottest Player In The League' Ahead Of Western Conference Finals

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The Denver Nuggets made history in two straight playoff series, returning from two 3-1 deficit against the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers, respectively. This team has shown a lot of heart and a great game, which have taken them to the Western Conference Finals, where the dangerous and favorite Los Angeles Lakers are waiting for then.

Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray have been terrific for the Nuggets. The pair will be the biggest threat for the Lakers this series and the purple and gold are well aware of that. As long as they can stop the duo, they will have an easier path to the NBA Finals. However, their head coach knows they will go against two big players, especially Murray, who has been on fire in recent games.

Talking with Spectrum ahead of the WCF, Vogel stated that Murray has been a great piece for the Nuggets, playing more aggressively and taking a bigger role in the team.

“It’s really remarkable what he’s been able to do during this playoff run. Losing Will Barton in the rotation and Gary Harris being hurt for a while led to Jamal being a lot more aggressive offensively. With that, he was able to put up some crazy numbers and get into a great rhythm.”

He mentioned that the Lakers have had to face the most dangerous players in the bubble so far and now Murray has joined that list.

“Seems like we’re getting the hottest player in the league in just about every playoff series. Damian Lillard, James Harden, and now it’s Jamal Murray. He and Joker are playing at an extremely high level. We gotta make sure we stick to the things that are working for us in the first couple of rounds, on defense, and try to apply it to this series.”

The series tips off tomorrow night with Murray and Jokic trying to damage LeBron James and Anthony Davis' plans to go to the Finals this year. The Nuggets have been a surprise for everybody in the bubble and they're hoping to keep shocking the world. They have nothing to lose and a lot to win.