Nikola Jokic ejected after laying out Markieff Morris with cheap shot in final minutes of Nuggets vs. Heat

Reigning MVP Nikola Jokic was ejected from the Denver Nuggets’ win over the Miami Heat on Monday night after providing an inexpensive shot to Markieff Morris in the closing minutes of the video game. The medical personnel at first brought a stretcher onto the flooring for Morris — who was likewise ejected from the contest — however he had the ability to stroll off on his own. Jokic was formally offered an unsportsmanlike conduct nasty, while Morris was examined an ostentatious nasty 2. 

With under 2 minutes to play, Jokic protected a rebound and was bringing the ball up the flooring when Morris barreled into him from the side. The refs blew the whistle for a nasty, and Morris left. A furious Jokic followed him and provided a shoulder into Morris’ back, which sent him stretching. 

“It’s a stupid play, I feel bad,” Jokic stated. “I’m not supposed to react that way. I got hit. I saw him, but I thought it was just gonna be like a take foul. But he bumped me and I was like, I think it was a dirty play and I just needed to protect myself.”

Players, coaches and security personnel right away hurried to the middle of the court and Jokic was retreated by Nuggets coach Michael Malone. As the scrum continued, Jimmy Butler appeared especially upset, screaming and gesturing for somebody to come at him. Nothing came of that, nevertheless, conserve for Butler getting a technical nasty, and things quickly relaxed while the medical workers addressed Morris. 

The veteran forward remained down on the flooring for a long time, and they even drew out a stretcher as a preventative measure. Thankfully, he did not require it and had the ability to get up and stroll off on his own. The Heat revealed that he has a neck injury and will go through additional examination. “He’s moving around in the locker room right now,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra stated. “We’ll do the necessary tests and do what we need to do (to) make sure he’s OK.”

Jokic’s action was an overall overreaction, and there’s no location in the video game for striking men with inexpensive shots in the back. You just cannot be doing that. At the very same time, there are no innocent celebrations here. Morris understood precisely what he was doing encountering the court to provide a tough, unneeded nasty in the last minute of a blowout. 

While some circumstances are picked the court with an ejection, this one is going to require additional action from the league. Jokic is probably going to get suspended, however the number of video games stays to be seen. That’s problem for the Nuggets, who are currently without Jamal Murray (knee) and Michael Porter Jr. (back) due to injuries. 

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