Reigning MVP Nikola Jokic was ejected from the Denver Nuggets‘ win over the Miami Heat on Monday night after delivering a cheap shot to Markieff Morris in the closing minutes of the game. The medical staff initially brought a stretcher onto the floor for Morris — who was also ejected from the contest — but he was able to walk off on his own. Jokic was officially ejected for an unsportsmanlike conduct foul, while Morris was assessed a flagrant foul 2.
With under two minutes to play, Jokic secured a rebound and was bringing the ball up the floor when Morris barreled into him from the side. The refs blew the whistle for a foul, and Morris walked away. A furious Jokic came after him and delivered a shoulder into Morris’ back, which sent him sprawling.
Players, coaches and security staff immediately rushed to the middle of the court and Jokic was pulled away by Nuggets coach Michael Malone. As the scrum continued, Jimmy Butler seemed particularly upset, yelling and gesturing for someone to come at him. Nothing came of that, however, save for Butler receiving a technical foul, and things soon calmed down while the medical personnel attended to Morris.
The veteran forward stayed down on the floor for some time, and they even brought out a stretcher as a precaution. Thankfully, he did not need it and was able to get up and walk off on his own. The Heat announced that he has a neck injury and will undergo further evaluation.