Nuggets' Jamal Murray Asked by NBA to Show More Restraint on Sideline After Game 1

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMay 25, 2021

DENVER, CO - MAY 22: Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets yells during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers during Round 1, Game 1 of the 2021 NBA playoffs on May 22, 2021 at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Jamal Murray might have to tone it down a bit. 

Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone told reporters Tuesday that the NBA reached out to the team and told them Murray would have to rein it in on the sidelines:

Mike Singer @msinger

Heard Malone on @AltitudeSR today. <br><br>He said the NBA reached out after Game 1 and told them Jamal Murray had to calm down on the sidelines (!).<br><br>Malone said he saw Murray before Game 2 and told him, ‘Hey man, I do not want to see you pass me on the bench tonight.’” (!!)

You could safely say Murray has been pretty hyped during the team's first two playoff games against the Portland Trail Blazers:

ESPN @espn

Jamal Murray wasn't happy with the call 😅 pic.twitter.com/8fMY8asLUd

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson

Jamal Murray gassing up Jokic in the post is great pic.twitter.com/wIuRWK7UmV


Smooth moves from MPJ for the bucket and Jamal Murray loves it 😤<br><br>Nuggets closing the gap. pic.twitter.com/ihNFAc88qR

It can't be easy for Murray—one of the darlings of last year's bubble postseason—to watch his team from the sidelines after tearing his left ACL toward the end of the regular season. The Nuggets went from legitimate title contenders with him healthy to a team that may struggle to get past the Blazers in the first round. 

That series is currently tied 1-1. And according to the NBA, it needs a more subdued version of Murray going forward.