Last offseason, after a disappointing second-round playoff exit, Jamal Murray went to Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone and told him it bugged him when Malone called him an inconsistent player.
I know I need to be more consistent,'" Malone recalled Tuesday night after the Nuggets' series-saving 114-106 win over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals.
That hasn't been the case in the bubble, where Murray and Nikola Jokic powered the Nuggets back from 3-1 deficits in two consecutive playoff series to reach their first conference finals since 2009.
For Murray, that run included two 50-point games in the first round against the Utah Jazz and a 40-point performance in Game 7 of the second round against the Los Angeles Clippers.
"Jamal is a complete basketball player," Malone said.