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Timberwolves fans shower Jamal Murray with boos every time he touches the ball early in Game 3 matchup with Denver Nuggets

Starting point guard Jamal Murray heard boos every time he touched the ball early in the Denver Nuggets game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center on Friday night. The Nuggets finished blowing out the Timberwolves 117-90 and now trail Minnesota in the series 2 games to 1.

Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets shoots the ball against Karl-Anthony Towns #32 of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter in Game Three of the Western Conference Second Round Playoffs at Target Center on May 10, 2024 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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The crowd in Minneapolis loudly showed their disgust at Murray’s action that led to a penalty during the previous meeting between the two teams in the Western Conference semifinals.

“Jamal Murray, public enemy No. 1 tonight here in Minneapolis,” ESPN announcer Mark Jones said during the television broadcast. “We all know why.”

Jones was referring to the moment during Game 2 when Murray’s apparent frustration with the referee boiled over and he threw a heat pack on the field. No one was injured during Monday’s game and Murray was not called for a technical foul because it was not immediately clear who threw the item. Only later did the NBA impose the $100,000 fine.

Murray didn’t want to say much about the fine when reporters asked him about it after practice this week. He said, “It is what it is and I take full responsibility” and not much more than that when pressed on the issue.

Fans made it clear to Murray in Game 3 that he was playing in a hostile environment, and they were not happy with his decision to interfere in the game from the sidelines.