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The Nuggets will face Phoenix without Jamal Murray, which could lead to an anticipated full-strength battle in a potential playoff rematch

Bradley Beal (3) of the Phoenix Suns drives past Michael Porter Jr. (1) of the Denver Nuggets during overtime of the Suns’ 117-107 win at Ball Arena in Denver on Tuesday, March 5, 2024. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

Jamal Murray, who plays as point guard for the Denver Nuggets, and Jusef Nurkic, the center for the Phoenix Suns, will not be playing in the third and final game of the season series.

Sometimes random events bring unexpected surprises.

The Nuggets and Phoenix are very familiar with each other and might meet early in the NBA Playoffs. If they do, it will be a dramatic and high-scoring encounter.

The matchup will feel familiar, but with the addition of Bradley Beal.

This will be the first time since their intense second-round series last spring that both teams will compete at full strength.

It became clear on Wednesday night that both Denver's Jamal Murray and Phoenix's Jusef Nurkic will be absent for the third game of the season series. Suns star Devin Booker missed the first two meetings. The teams did not intend for it to happen this way, but it's intriguing nonetheless.

The teams didn't plan for this situation, but it's still interesting.

Malone acknowledged the offensive talent of the Suns and emphasized the need to defend against players like Devin Booker and Eric Gordon.

At this time of year, teams might try new things, although the Nuggets have previously played without Murray earlier in the season.

Malone wasn't convinced that experimenting with lineup changes with 10 games left in the regular season is ideal.

Malone emphasized sticking to their current playing style, while also considering the opportunity to evaluate different players in their last game against Memphis due to injuries.

They will continue with their current approach and hope to keep making progress.

Malone knows how to adjust the lineup for short periods, but also recognizes the unpredictability of a long playoff run. Collin Gillespie, for example, catches his attention when given the chance to play.

Malone expressed his confidence in Collin, highlighting his resilience and willingness to adapt to different situations throughout his career.

Whenever given significant playing time, Collin is fearless and competitive. Malone believes he has the confidence of the entire team due to his toughness.

If these teams meet in the playoffs, it will be different from their regular-season matchups, so preparation is key.

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