Jamal Murray ejected vs. Mavericks for unnecessary and excessive contact to Tim Hardaway Jr.’s groin

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Jamal Murray was having one of his best games of the season as his Denver Nuggets battled the Dallas Mavericks Monday. He made seven of his first 11 shots for 16 points to go along with three rebounds and two assists as his Nuggets built a seven-point lead against the Mavericks, but was ejected for a somewhat unusual foul. 

The play came in the third quarter. Tim Hardaway Jr. had just made a tip shot and was guarding Murray on the other end. Murray ran into Hardaway and fell to the ground. When he got back up, he appeared to hit Hardaway in the groin and was quickly ejected. The referees defined the flagrant-2 foul as being “unnecessary and excessive contact” to Hardaway’s groin. 

Denver managed to hang on for the wing against Dallas, but the story of the game was Murray’s ejection. While players occasionally get hit in that area inadvertently, rarely do you see a flagrant-2 call assessed for such a play. The closest major moment that comes to mind is Draymond Green hitting LeBron James in the groin during Game 4 of the 2016 NBA Finals. That play was only called a flagrant-1, though, and Green was only suspended because he had accumulated so many flagrant fouls that it was mandatory. 

Murray likely won’t be suspended for this play, but it will still remain one of the more infamous moments of his young career. Shots to the groin are rare, and that makes them memorable. 

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