Nuggets Star Nikola Jokic Faces Possible Suspension after Violent

Markieff Morris, a power forward for Miami, threw the first punch with a vicious, blatant elbow. Nuggets star Nikola Jokic responded with a blindside shove of his own in retaliation.

Next up for Jokic is a suspension and fine.

Jokic, the NBA’s Most Valuable Player from a year ago, called his actions late in Monday night’s 113-96 win against Miami “dumb,” and Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra was furious, calling them “a very dangerous and dirty move.”

Nuggets Star Nikola Jokic Faces Possible Suspension after Violent

At Ball Arena, the following occurred:

Jokic grabbed a rebound with 2 minutes, 39 seconds left in a hard game, drove the length of the court, and then passed near midcourt. Jokic was making an overhead pass when he was hit by an elbow from Morris, who was trying to stop the play.

Jokic, infuriated by Morris’s egregious offence, charged at him and knocked him out with a strong right forearm to the back. Miami’s star forward had a nasty fall.

After being carried off the court on a stretcher, Morris eventually got up and walked to the Heat’s locker room. After the game, the team said that Morris had injured his neck but that he was up and about in the locker room, so he would be fine.

Jokic was Dismissed from the Game, while Morris Received a Flagrant Foul Two for His Actions.

Spoelstra stated it best after the game: “That was a really hazardous and dirty play.” Keef took a foul on the fast break, and it was a shoulder foul. To you, that might look like more than just a slap, but when you see it on film, you realise it was a take foul. In my opinion, it is how things were. And the next act was completely uncalled for.

Jokic revealed his concern for Morris’s well-being and offered his own explanation for the incident.

Jokic, who recorded his first triple-double of the year with 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 10 assists, admitted, “I feel horrible.” “That was a really dumb move on our part. I should not have reacted in that way.

I anticipated a take foul, but in retrospect, I believe it was a dirty play. And all I wanted to do was safeguard myself. I was ashamed; I knew I shouldn’t have reacted in that way, but I had to look out for No. 1.

When the players started pushing each other and yelling, it looked like a fight was about to start. It was necessary to hold the Heat’s Jimmy Butler after he yelled and made gestures at the Nuggets. A technical meeting with him was called. The officials and the two coaching staffs kept things from getting out of hand.

Without Jokic, the Nuggets will be undermanned for Wednesday’s game against the Pacers in Indiana at Ball Arena. Jamal Murray’s injury has already sidelined the Broncos, and now Michael Porter Jr.’s lower-back ailment will force him to miss time.

When asked if he thought his centre would be punished, Nuggets coach Michael Malone sidestepped the topic.

Malone stated, “I will worry when they inform us he’s suspended.” I won’t be squandering my time reading my tea leaves or consulting my crystal ball. Nothing like it exists in my possession. He’s free to work with me until they say otherwise. As for his availability on Wednesday night, I don’t see why he wouldn’t be.

No Heat Players were made Accessible to the Press, so Spoelstra Spoke on their Behalf.

Spoelstra warned that things could have turned out far worse if Markieff had been up against Jokic. “The fact that Morris turned his back and Jokic made a play like that, blindsiding him, was just a really dangerous play,” said the commentator.

When asked how his team was feeling, the Heat coach replied, “The video and picture (are) worth a thousand words.”