What does Jamal Murray's torn ACL mean for the Denver Nuggets?

What does Jamal Murray's ACL tear mean for him, the Denver Nuggets and the Western Conference playoffs?

On Tuesday morning, an MRI confirmed what was feared as soon as Murray went down in pain late in Monday night's loss to the Golden State Warriors: He suffered an ACL tear when his left knee buckled on the play, ending Murray's season.

The injury comes just as the Nuggets, who had gone 7-2 since adding Aaron Gordon to their lineup via a deadline trade, were establishing themselves as contenders to win the Western Conference. How will Denver respond to the loss of its high-scoring young guard? And when can we expect to see Murray back on the court? Let's break it down.