MEMPHIS – Jamal Murray stated Kyrie Irving “overreacted” within the aftermath of Murray’s career-high 48-point eruption on Monday evening.
Irving, who was fined $25,000 for heaving the ball effectively into the decrease bowl on the Pepsi Middle, stated Murray was “thirsty” for making an attempt to surpass 50 factors on the finish of Monday’s 115-107 Nuggets win. On Tuesday, Irving instructed reporters, “You simply don’t play basketball like that.”
“That’s simply makes me giggle,” Murray stated right here Wednesday of Irving’s feedback. “I believe everyone understood I used to be making an attempt to go for 50. All people understood I used to be making an attempt to interrupt a document, make historical past. Not simply right here however Canadian historical past as effectively. I believe it was extra of an comprehensible shot. I believe he’s a competitor, so clearly he’s going to take it a special manner. I believe he overreacted. However I’m not gonna sit right here and go into a little bit debate. I’m simply going to play basketball and we’re on to the following recreation.”
A day after Murray’s last-second shot, Irving was nonetheless fuming.
“From a contest and aggressive standpoint, I believe it completely deserved to go within the stands nonetheless,” Irving instructed reporters. “That’s simply so thirsty of a participant to simply go after one thing like that. Clearly, 50 factors is an enormous deal, however get it inside regulation. Take it as a person, get your free throws and get to 50 factors.”
Nuggets group staffers tried to retrieve the ball, however Irving wasn’t going to let Murray savor his memento. It wasn’t till after the ball wound up within the fingers of a younger fan sporting a Murray jersey that he realized it might’ve been a cool souvenir.
“I believe any individual caught it and gave it to a little bit child sporting my jersey, so I believe that was a terrific second,” Murray stated from shootaround forward of Wednesday’s recreation at Memphis. “That’s a fortunate child. He obtained a ball that’s value 48 factors.”
The fan desires Murray’s signature on the ball – one thing Murray stated he’d be open to even when it means he doesn’t get to maintain it.
“I’ll try this for positive. What goes round comes again round. That’ll be enjoyable to work together with a fan. Get to see the ball once more, signal it for him… I’m probably not stressing (in regards to the ball). I believe I can repeat that day one recreation. If the child’s keen to offer it up, I’ll commerce him some sneakers or one thing for it. In order that wouldn’t be too unhealthy, both.”
The Nuggets, 9-1, can match their greatest begin in franchise historical past with a win over the Grizzlies on Wednesday evening. Murray stated he was prepared for Grizzlies veteran level guard Mike Conley following his profession evening.
“I used to be so drained,” Murray stated. “I’m good now. I had a little bit chilly tub, therapeutic massage, so I’ll be able to get again on the market.”