Jamal Murray left Thursday's win by the Denver Nuggets over the Miami Heat with a sprained right ankle. 

In the second quarter, Murray appeared to land awkwardly on Aaron Gordon’s foot under the basket after dishing an assist to Nikola Jokic.

Murray walked off the floor under his own power but with a heavy limp.

“I talked to him right at the half, and he thought he was gonna be able to try to maybe give it a go — see how it warmed up,” Michael Malone said, not ruling out Murray’s availability Saturday at the Lakers. “And it just wasn’t responding the way he had hoped, so I think it was a smart decision not to have him out there. Just trying to be as careful as possible at this point of the season.”

Murray has been dealing with shin splints, categorized officially as bilateral tibia inflammation, in recent weeks.