Thursday, January 27 2022

Denver Nuggets star and reigning MVP Nikola Jokic has been suspended for one game without pay for forcefully pushing Miami Heat forward Markieff Morris in the back on Monday night. The Nuggets will not have their franchise center against Indiana on Wednesday.
Source: Ohm Youngmisuk @ ESPN

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Jokic suspended one game; Morris, Butler fined…10:42 PM

Nikola Jokic suspended one game, Markieff Morris fined $50K for altercation at end of Heat-Nuggets game…10:25 PM

Jason Jones @mr_jasonjones
Nikola Jokic suspended 1 game, Markieff Morris and Jimmy Butler fined for altercation…10:17 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Nikola Jokic suspended, and Markieff Morris and Jimmy Butler fined. The latest update nearly 24 hours after Monday’s Jokic-Morris incident…10:12 PM

Kevin Chouinard @KLChouinard
This is not your slightly older brother’s NBA.
Jokic gets 1 game, Morris gets a $50K fine and Jokic will be eligible to play against the Hawks Friday. PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Updated our story: Jokic suspended, Morris and Butler fined.…10:10 PM

Sean Highkin @highkin
Wasn’t looking at my phone when the email was sent but I’m now seeing that punishments have been announced for Nikola Jokic and Markieff Morris – 10:08 PM

Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Morris should have been suspended for being rube enough to drill Jokic and then keep his back to him . – 10:07 PM

Sam Amick @sam_amick
One game suspension for Nikola Jokic (without pay). A $50,000 fine for Markieff Morris and a $30,000 fine for Jimmy Butler.
A look back at the Tuesday aftermath of this Monday night mayhem between Denver and Miami, at @TheAthletic…10:05 PM

Kane Pitman @KanePitman
Would have preferred to see Jokic get away without a suspension. Feels wrong to only fine the player who instigated the situation. Tough luck for Jokic in my opinion. – 10:01 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat’s Morris fined $50,000, Butler fined $30,000, with Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic suspended one game for Monday melee.… No suspensions for Heat. – 9:59 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The NBA announces its sanctions:
One-game suspension without pay for Nikola Jokic.
$50,000 fine for Markieff Morris.
$30,000 fine for Jimmy Butler.
More coverage from me: PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
NBA announces that Nikola Jokic has been suspended for one game without pay for shoving Markieff Morris.
Morris fined $50,000 for committing a Flagrant Foul 2 on Jokić that initiated an on-court altercation.
Jimmy Butler fined $30,000 for attempting to escalate the altercation. – 9:54 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
1 game?
All I’ll say is this:
Flip the roles and if Markieff does that hit to Jokic facing the other direction, he’s out half the season – 9:54 PM

Ian Begley @IanBegley
Nikola Jokic suspended one game and Markieff Morris fined $50,000 for events of last night, NBA says. Jimmy Butler also fined $30,000. Details here: PM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Joker suspended one game … won’t come into play for Bulls next week in Denver. – 9:53 PM

Adam Wexler @AdamJWexler
NBA issues a 1-game suspension for Jokic, stemming from last night’s incident. $50K fine for Morris, $30K fine for Butler. PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
Jokic suspended one game without pay, Markieff Morris fined $50,000 for the foul that initiated an on-court altercation. Jimmy Butler fined $30,000 for attempting to escalate the altercation and failing to comply with an NBA Security interview. – 9:53 PM

John Hollinger @johnhollinger
One game suspension for Joker. Would have bet the over on that – 9:53 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Just in from the league: Nikola Jokic suspended one game (tomorrow vs. Indiana).
Markieff Morris fined $50,000 and avoids suspension. Jimmy Butler also fined $30,000. – 9:53 PM

Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
NBA announced Nikola Jokic has been suspended 1 game without pay for shoving Markieff Morris in yesterday’s Nuggets-Heat game. Markieff Morris has been fined $50,000 for committing a flagrant foul 2. – 9:53 PM

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
Nikola Jokic has been suspended one game and Markieff Morris has been fined $50,000 for their altercation, NBA announces. PM

Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
1. Nikola Jokic: Suspended 1 game.
2. Markieff Morris: Fined $50,000.
3. Jimmy Butler: Fined $30,000 “for attempting to escalate the altercation.” PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Nikola Jokic has been suspended one game, NBA announces. Morris has been fined $50,000. Butler has been fined $30,000 for attempting to escalate the situation. – 9:52 PM

Scott Agness @ScottAgness
No Nikola Jokic on Wednesday vs the Pacers. He’s suspended for one game for forcefully shoving Markieff Morris during last night’s game. – 9:52 PM

Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Nuggets Nikola Jokic gets a one-time suspension and #Heat Markieff Morris gets a $50K fine for their little scrum. – 9:52 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Nikola Jokic has been suspended for one game by the NBA for his retaliatory push to Markieff Morris from behind. Morris was fined $50,000 for his flagrant two foul. – 9:52 PM

John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
One game suspension for Jokic.
I find that surprising. I was expecting a few games. PM

Vincent Goodwill @VinceGoodwill
Nikola Jokic suspended, Markieff Morris fined for actions in Miami/Denver game last night PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
NBA announces the following punishments for Nikola Jokic (one-game suspension w/out pay), Markieff Morris ($50,000 fine) & Jimmy Butler ($30,000 fine) – 9:51 PM

Tony East @TEastNBA
MVP Nikola Jokic has been suspended for one game for his actions in Monday’s Nuggets-Heat game. He will serve the suspension against the Pacers tomorrow night. – 9:51 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Nikola Jokic suspended one game, Markieff Morris fined $50,000, Jimmy Butler fined $30,000. – 9:51 PM

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
The NBA has suspended Nikola Jokic one game and fined Markieff Morris $50,000. – 9:51 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Nikola Jokic was suspended one game: PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
The NBA has suspended Nuggets center Nikola Jokic one game, per release. – 9:50 PM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Jokic got a one game suspension – 9:50 PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic has been suspended one game for shoving Miami’s Markieff Morris from behind Monday night. – 9:50 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Given, well, everything, we had to.
Emergency #Nuggets pod w/ myself (still in quarantine), our ace photographer @aaronontiveroz who got the shot of the night & @MattDSchubert. The shove, the hallway stare-down & texts from Brother Jokic. It’s all here.…9:18 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic vs. the Heat last night:
– Miami shot 2-14 with Jokic defending
– Held Bam Adebayo to 1-7 FG’s as the primary defender
– Contested a game-high 18 shots
– 2 steals, 2 blocks PM

Mirjam Swanson @MirjamSwanson
Ty Lue on today’s Twitter fireworks between the Jokic bros. and Morris bros.: “I’m sure Marcus is going to want to protect his brother.” Lue notes, though, that he’s not on social media so he’s not gonna say much more than that. – 8:19 PM

Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina
Clippers coach Ty Lue chimes in on the Jokic-Morris incident last night PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
A recap of the last 20 hours: Where things after Nikola Jokic’s retaliation shove of Markieff Morris… Morris has been ruled out for tomorrow’s game vs. Lakers, and a few other key Heat players are listed as questionable – 7:49 PM

Barry Jackson @flasportsbuzz
NEW: TNT’s Barkley, Shaq and ESPN analysts blame Heat in large part for Jokic incident (seriously), say Spoelstra is wrong. And Haslem reacts to one ESPN talking head. PLUS Panthers ratings soar, MNF news, lawsuit, media notes:…7:36 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
He should get suspended.
It was a dirty play.
And he should have handled it better.
But Nikola Jokic drawing a line and standing up for himself against an All Fake Tough Guy First-Teamer was great.
Right up there with Junior brawling with the East Germans in Cool Runnings. – 7:10 PM

Sam Amick @sam_amick
The Morris-Jokic family feud explained: Why the twins vs. Nikola’s brothers have taken center stage, at @TheAthletic
Story includes the truth about who Jimmy Butler was inviting to the back hallways last night (it wasn’t Jokic).…6:45 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic was in his bag last night. Pinpoint half-court outlet passes, one-handed heaves and skips across the defense, falling out of bounds, perfect lobs to cutters. A dominant display. PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Wobvestigation: An in-depth look at everything that happened last night in Denver on and off-the-court. This is Nikola Jokic vs. Markieff Morris, presented by @UnderdogFantasy. PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
Here is Markieff Morris doing the exact same thing Jokic did to him PM

Chad Ford @chadfordinsider
Do Rookies Impact Winning?
Only 7 rookies in the past 8 years have scores of +2 or higher on RAPTOR. 5 of them — Nikola Jokic, Kristaps Porzingis, Luka Dončić, Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons — became All-Stars.
The class of Class of 2021 has 4 so far…4:41 PM

Jeff Wade @SkinWade
I’m so pleased that I just successfully TradeMarked “Jokic Brothers” – 4:31 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Jokic in 2020-21
Lowest draft pick in NBA history to win MVP
Played in all games
Average 26.4 pts, 8.3 ast, 10.8 reb
Led NBA In:
-player efficiency rating (PER)
-win shares
-box plus-minus
-value over replacement player (VORP)
More national attention in ejection than MVP season. PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
(Updated with all the latest of Brothers Jokic vs. Brothers Morris, a tag-team extravaganza.) Threats follow from brothers of antagonists in wake of Heat-Nuggets skirmish, ‘We will be waiting’…3:38 PM

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
The Jokic brothers want all the smoke with the Morris brothers after last night’s altercation between Nikola Jokic and Markieff Morris 👀 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
To those who have asked: There will be no formal officiating report on the Markieff Morris-Nikola Jokic incident because it came outside of the Last Two Minute timeframe and because the margin of the score was too large to have a report issued, regardless. – 2:45 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
🚨New Piece🚨
Aside from cheap-shots, Jokic brothers, and Morris brothers, I look into what went wrong for Miami on the court
A 6 for 30 night from 3 top dogs is a good place to start, but sustaining defensive #’s oddly jumps out…2:16 PM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
(Updated with some of the latest twists.) Heat’s Markieff Morris lashes back at Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic after Monday melee in Denver, ‘I’ve never hit a man with his back turned!’ | Watch the video…2:07 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
An updated look at where things stand after Nikola Jokic’s shove of Markieff Morris. Reaction from the Heat, Nuggets, Jokic, Morris, their brothers and more… Heat and Nuggets meet again on Nov. 29 at FTX Arena – 1:54 PM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Based on everything I’ve ever heard or read, Jamal Murray has a terrific relationship with Nikola Jokic, but it would still be kinda unnerving to be the *only* person followed by the Jokic Brothers. AK – 1:21 PM

Tas Melas @TasMelas
· Would the Celtics ever trade Jaylen Brown for Ben Simmons?
· Is Steph Curry the MVP favorite?
· And is a suspension coming for Nikola Jokic?
🅰️: PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
New @FrontOfficeShow is up! @Trevor_Lane and I talk the Jokic-Morris altercation, Lakers surviving OT, Kemba maybe out on B2Bs and Steph going bananas. Watch, like, subscribe and tell a friend about the show! PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Isiah Thomas, of the Bad Boy Pistons, on the Nikola Jokic-Markieff Morris incident: “One hit, then another.”
“I don’t think people realize how tough (Jokic) truly is. That’s no act. You see everybody ran up on him, and then they backed up off him.” PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Last night I said Jokic gets 5 games but today I think 2. We’ll see. 🤷‍♂️ – 12:36 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Malone says he’s reached out to the league office and let them know they hope it’s an “expedited matter,” re. potential Nikola Jokic suspension.
Malone said he spent some time with Jokic this morning. – 12:28 PM

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
The best players in the last seven days, per @Alberto de Roa‘s Global Rating:
1. Stephen Curry
2. Kevin Durant
3. Nikola Jokic
4. Chris Paul
5. JORDAN POOLE – 12:23 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
There were so many REALLY interesting basketball takeaways from last night’s game. The Nuggets dominated one of the best teams in the NBA despite being down 2 starters. Jokic continued his “tour” of dominating the league’s best big men. New bench rotation worked great. – 12:03 PM

Shandel Richardson @ShandelRich
Markieff Morris comments on Jokic altercation #miamiheat…11:55 AM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
If not for the Jokic stuff last night, the Warriors are probably today’s leading NBA story. “Are they real or not.” We talked about that in the second segment of Locked On NBA. – 11:54 AM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
Richard Jefferson with perhaps the best explanation of what happened between Nikola Jokic and Markieff Morris last night: AM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
Marcus Morris and the Jokic brothers on last night’s wild scene involving Markieff and Nikola 👀
The Jokic bros just joined Twitter today, per @Michael Singer. AM

Michael Singer @msinger
“Jokic’s brothers created a Twitter account on Tuesday morning to respond to Marcus’ message,” is not a sentence I anticipated writing today, but here we are.…11:26 AM

Joe Vardon @joevardon
Why was Markieff Morris tossed from last night’s melee? In part, because Nikola Jokic hit him back. Here’s everything you need to know on an ugly, sad night for the NBA ⁦@The…11:24 AM

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
All jokes aside, the NBA might need to step in & shut down these Morrii/Jokic Bro shenanigans before something regretful happens. Miami & Denver play again in three weeks. Nikola Jokic has already apologized but they all need to put this bed before they meet again. Hoopers hoop. – 11:20 AM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
The fallout from Nikola Jokic’s shove of Markieff Morris, and reaction from the Heat, Nuggets and officials (including Jokic and Morris)… Plus, a photo that shows just what the Heat was thinking after the game – 11:13 AM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Listen to today’s episode of The Starting Lineup with @Frank Isola & @Brian Scalabrine on Pandora!
🏀 Frank’s Interview with Scottie Pippen
🤼‍♂️ Nikola Jokic vs Markieff Morris
🎙️ Battle of the Broadcasters
🔊 AM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Heat’s Markieff Morris lashes back at Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic after Monday melee in Denver, “I’ve never hit a man with his back turned!” | Watch the video… Morris adds, “I can take my licks and keep pushing.” – 11:09 AM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Nikola Jokic this season:
✅ 25.4 PPG
✅ 13.6 RPG
✅ 5.7 APG
Jokic is the fourth player since the ABA-NBA merger to average at least 25p/10r/5a through his first 10 games of a season.
He joins Giannis Antetokounmpo (4x), Luka Doncic (2019-20), and DeMarcus Cousins (2017-18). AM

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
Power Ranking the @JokicBrothers Tweet
1) They launched the account last night
2) They only follow one person: Jamal Murray
3) They signed it with “Jokic Brothers”
4) They sent the same reply message two different ways, 3 minutes apart, to make EXTRA sure the Morris twins got it AM

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
Nikola Jokic to @markkiszla in 2017: “Why be afraid? I am playing a game of basketball. I am scared of only one person in my life. That’s my brother. Have you seen him?” – 10:59 AM

Markieff Morris @Keefmorris
I love to see the hate! No doubt I took a hard foul which I always do but I’ve never hit a man with his back turned! Luckily we built different over here. I can take my licks and keep pushing. Joker 1 smooth 0 lol. – 10:53 AM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
For some non-Jokic #Heat content, here’s my conversation with an orthopedic surgeon on what to expect of Victor Oladipo’s potential return and timeline. AM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Nikola Jokic should be suspended. @dramil13 and I discuss on today’s Locked On #NBA.
YouTube: AM

Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
The Jokic Brothers showing up at Markieff Morris’ hotel room last night AM

Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Jokic Brothers to Marcus Morris: Stop threatening our brother or we’ll be waiting for you…10:22 AM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Not looking forward to the forthcoming war between USA and Serbia caused by the Morris and Jokic brothers. – 10:20 AM

Jon Hamm @JonMHamm
Looks like it was another banner night for the “hold me back, hold me back, I mean it, hold me back” league
(Jokic needs to stop the punk behavior tho) – 9:52 AM

Bobby Marks @BobbyMarks42
My best guess is that Nikola Jokic will get a 2 game suspension from the incident last night.
Jokic has been suspended only 1 time (leaving the bench) and his lack of on court incidents will certainly be taken into account.
A suspension would cost him $210,417 (per game) – 9:51 AM

Joe Cowley @JCowleyHoops
Joker has a suspension likely coming, but the Nuggets have 5 more games before hosting the Bulls. Likely won’t come into play unless league drops the hammer. – 9:48 AM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
“It’s a stupid play. I feel bad.”
Nikola Jokic spoke on shoving Markieff Morris last night.
(via @JohnBrisker2021) AM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Nikola Jokic last night:
✅ 25 PTS
✅ 15 REB
✅ 10 AST
✅ 10-14 FG
It’s the ninth time Jokic has recorded a triple-double while shooting at least 70% from the field, the third-most such games in NBA history. AM

J. Kyle Mann @jkylemann
whenever nikola gets in a fight, i always picture the jokic brothers reacting like roy from the office and his brother destroying poor richard’s AM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
NBA’s best from November 8:
– S. Curry: 50 pts, 10 ast, +31
– K. Durant: 38 pts, 10 reb, 4 ast
– J. Morant: 33 pts, 6 reb, 8 ast
– A. Davis: 32 pts, 12 reb, 5 blk
– J. Butler: 31 pts, 5 reb, 8 ast
– L. Ball: 25 pts, 15 reb, 11 ast
– N. Jokic: 25 pts, 15 reb, 10 ast – 9:14 AM

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
NEW @AthleticNBAShow Daily Ding w/ @Travonne
5️⃣0️⃣ Steph goes all out
🥊 Jokic takes it too far
🐂 The Bulls are back baby!
💻 @primetime_bs
Spotify: AM

Tom Ziller @teamziller
Jokic isn’t the only NBA player with a record of really aggressive non-basketball plays. (For example: Markieff Morris.) But Jokic is the only MVP-level player doing this stuff, and he should stop. 🔓…7:54 AM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Five Degrees of Heat from Monday night’s 113-96 loss to the Nuggets in Denver:…
1. An ugly, dangerous finish.
2. Jimmy Butler stands alone.
3. Nikola Jokic plays to his pedigree.
4. Fouls foul up Duncan Robinson.
5. Kyle Lowry goes scoreless. – 7:07 AM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
In case you turned off Heat-Nuggets before the finish: Erik Spoelstra blasts Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic for violent blow to Heat’s Markieff Morris, ‘Absolutely uncalled for’…7:06 AM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Nikola Jokic posts triple-double (25 pts, 15 rebs, 10 ast) before being ejected
NBA recap ⬇…4:50 AM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Meanwhile, Nikola Jokic finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks in 33 minutes tonight. He’s the first player in NBA history to post those numbers in 33 minutes or less, per Nuggets PR. – 2:21 AM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Jokic retaliates on Morris, decks him with big shoulder hit, both ejected (VIDEO)…2:16 AM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
A full recap of what happened late in the Heat’s loss to the Nuggets between Nikola Jokic and Markieff Morris… With comments from Jokic, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, Nuggets coach Michael Malone and the officiating crew chief – 2:03 AM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
I’ll have some words up tomorrow on what a possible Jokic suspension would mean for the Nuggets to intro my weekly betting story for @Colorado_Play. Keep an eye out for it.
I also got into some interesting matchups for Nuggets vs Blazers & Nuggets vs Mavericks later this week. – 1:58 AM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
No Heat players were made available to speak after the game, but coach Erik Spoelstra had something to say about Nikola Jokic’s shove of Markieff Morris… Spoelstra: “That’s just absolutely uncalled for.” – 1:35 AM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
A complete recap of Monday’s frightening melee between Denver’s Nikola Jokic and Heat’s Markieff Morris. With comment from Spoelstra, Jokic, the officiating crew chief, as well as the details and sanctions to this point, as Morris deals with neck ailment.…1:33 AM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic: “I thought it was a dirty foul, a dirty shot. Me and Bam were fighting the whole night. It was a nice fight. I think you can play fair and still play aggressive and fight with your guy. But I thought it was a little over the edge. That’s why I reacted.” AM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
NBA on fire. Can sleep when we’re dead. Jokic, Lakers, Steph, Knicks, Morant, everything yall want to talk about.
Radio Roulette hotline is LIVE @TwitterSpaces, presented by @UnderdogFantasy.
Taking your calls all night ⬇️…1:30 AM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Five Degrees of Heat from Monday night’s 113-96 loss in Denver:…
1. An ugly, dangerous finish.
2. Jimmy Butler stands alone.
3. Nikola Jokic plays to his pedigree.
4. Fouls foul up Duncan Robinson.
5. Kyle Lowry goes scoreless. – 1:29 AM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Wondering if the coming suspension for Jokic will be such that he misses Monday night vs Mavs at @AACenter1:25 AM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic: “I felt bad for real. I don’t know who showed me the clip. His head snapped back. So I feel really bad. It’s a reaction. It’s a bad move.” AM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Postgame response from Nikola Jokic: He was expecting a take foul from Markieff Morris but thought it was a dirty play and he needed to protect myself. “I felt bad. I’m not supposed to react that way…if I didn’t react that way it wouldn’t have been a flagrant (on Morris).” AM

Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Team Jokic tbh – 12:57 AM

Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Erik Spoelstra blasts Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic for violent blow to Heat’s Markieff Morris, “Absolutely uncalled for.”… Spoelstra, “That was a very dangerous, dirty play.” – 12:55 AM

Matthew Tynan @Matthew_Tynan
Morris’ foul was total bullshit given the game/time situation. That hit would’ve knocked most players on their asses and provoked some sort of retaliation from anyone, but not like that, man. I get it, Jokic was straight seeing red, but you can really fuck somebody up like that. – 12:51 AM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Nikola Jokic: “I don’t know who showed me the clip but [Morris’] head snapped back. I felt really bad.” – 12:51 AM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Nikola Jokic: “It’s a stupid play. I feel bad… I think it was a dirty play and I just needed to protect myself. I am not supposed to react that way… it happens. I feel bad. I am not supposed to react that way but I got to protect myself… it was just in the moment.” – 12:50 AM

Joe Vardon @joevardon
Jokic: ‘It’s a stupid play. I feel bad.’ – 12:49 AM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Things got ugly between the Heat and Nuggets resulting with Nikola Jokic delivering a hard shove from behind to Markieff Morris in a retaliation move for a hard foul from Morris that could result in a possible suspension and fine for the MVP…12:48 AM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
The 33.9 net rating swing when Jokic leaves the court (+14.8 on, -19.1 off) has to be the highest in the league. What a flabbergasting drop off. – 12:46 AM

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
I know Markieff Morris is from North Philly & all but has he ever seen the Jokic brothers? – 12:40 AM

Katy Winge @katywinge
Jeff Green said he thought Morris just wanted to “make a hard foul,” said he didn’t think Morris was trying to hurt Joker.
“Sometimes when things like that happen and you don’t know the intention of the other person, you just react and that’s what Joker did.” – 12:25 AM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Takeaways, details and postgame reaction from the Heat’s loss to the Nuggets and an ugly finish… Erik Spoelstra spoke about Jokic’s shove and how Morris was doing after the game – 12:23 AM

Sean Highkin @highkin
I’ve seen the Jokic video and have been observing the discourse about it. – 12:20 AM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Jeff Green postgame: “It was a play that shouldn’t happen. That’s basketball. You never know the way the game is going. I think Markieff went and tried to make a hard foul. I don’t think he had the intention of hurting Joker.” – 12:16 AM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic will be talking to the media tonight. – 12:11 AM

Adam Spolane @AdamSpolane
They’re going to suspend Jokic at least 5 games, maybe more – 12:07 AM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Michael Malone on a potential Nikola Jokic suspension: “I’m not going to waste my time looking through my crystal ball or my tea leaves. I don’t have any of that. He’s available until they tell me he’s not, and I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be available Wednesday night.” – 12:07 AM

Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
There really is no excuse for this Nikola Jokic cheap shot on Markieff Morris. AM

Jeff Eisenband @JeffEisenband
Jimmy Butler chirping Nikola Jokic from the bench is a Hall of Fame “Hold Me Back” moment. AM

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
I see some jokes about the Jokic brothers in regard to Nikola’s shoulder in Markieff, meanwhile I’m just worried for the poor security guard whose job it would have been to stop the Jokic brothers from doing anything had he needed to. – 11:58 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
Coach Malone said he’s going to have to go back and watch the play, but he said “I know from just seeing it live, Morris fouled Joker, Joker went and pushed him from behind, and all hell broke lose.”
“Somewhat of an ugly end to a great win for us.” – 11:58 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
If you come at Jokic just know that PM

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says that Markieff Morris is moving around in the locker room but the team will do “necessary tests.”
He added that Morris fouled Jokic but said Jokic executed a “dangerous, dirty play… It’s absolutely uncalled for.” – 11:55 PM

Nikola Jokic ejected after laying out Markieff Morris with cheap shot in final minutes of Nuggets vs. Heat…11:53 PM

Brady Hawk @BradyHawk305
Erik Spoelstra on the dirty play from Jokic on Morris:
“He’s moving around right now in the locker room. That was a very dangerous, dirty play.”
“This whole thing could’ve got a lot uglier if he was facing Jokic.” – 11:52 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Erik Spoelstra on Nikola Jokic’s shot to Markieff Morris:
“That was a very dangerous, dirty play.”
“Just absolutely uncalled for.” – 11:52 PM

Brian Mahoney @briancmahoney
“Ooh, Jokic hit him hard. I like that.” – Isiah Thomas, still a Bad Boy, on NBA TV. – 11:51 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Nikola Jokic is having a great season.
25.4 PPG
13.6 RPG (career-high)
5.7 APG
60.9 FG% (career-high)
40.0 3P% (career-high)
35.0 PER (best ALL-TIME)
Suspension coming though. PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Prior to tonight…
Nuggets with Jokic on the floor:
+84 in 285 minutes.
Nuggets without Jokic on the floor:
-67 in 147 minutes
That is why Jokic being suspended for any amount of time is back-breaking for Denver. They literally cannot survive without him. – 11:46 PM

Andrew Sharp @andrewsharp
Markieff ran across the court and hip checked Jokic with the game totally out of reach. That Jokic response was also dirty, but the game is the game. – 11:45 PM

Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Say something about the Nikola Jokic-Markieff Morris incident. – 11:43 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
That was a very impressive win for the Nuggets. Jokic was dominant. Barton was on fire. Defense was elite. Nuggets figured some things out with the bench/rotation.
But the story is going to be Jokic and his pending punishment for that hit on Markieff. – 11:39 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic exits PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jokic being possibly suspended will really hurt a struggling Nuggets team during a homestand without much rest and without Porter or Murray.
Any losing streak could mean the difference between a home-court advantage in the playoffs or being in the play-in tournament. – 11:37 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Markieff Morris and Nikola Jokic are both ejected. Jimmy Butler was also assessed a technical. – 11:32 PM

Wes Goldberg @wcgoldberg
Markieff Morris was on the ground for more than 5 minutes of real time after this hit. Stretcher came out, but he walked off under his own power instead. Scary moment. Jokic ejected, more consequences from the league sure to come. PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Nikola Jokic is going to mess around and win another MVP.
No MPJ. No Murray.
25-15-10 on 14 shots to easily beat a fully loaded and rolling Heat squad.
Most importantly?
2 blocks, 2 steals and 3-10 shooting for Bam. It’s early but BY FAR best defensive season of his career. – 11:31 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Glad to see that Markieff Morris is okay after that play. He did not need the stretcher that was out on the court.
The refs reviewed the play and:
Flagrant 2 called on Morris
Jokic is also ejected from the game. – 11:31 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
A stretcher was brought out for Heat forward Markieff Morris, who was intentionally hit from behind by Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic, but Morris walked off under his own power. Jokic retaliated from Morris’ hard foul and both were ejected. – 11:31 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jokic should get multiple games for that cheap shot — and it was a cheap shot regardless of the foul Morris gave him. Taking a shot at someone in the back without them knowing is something that cannot happen. – 11:30 PM

Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Jokic. Wow. – 11:30 PM

Chris Herring @Herring_NBA
Curious to see how long Jokic gets suspended for. Feel like there will be one. – 11:30 PM

Malika Andrews @malika_andrews
Nikola Jokic and Markieff Morris have been given Flagrant 2 fouls. Both have been ejected.
Jimmy Butler was given a technical. – 11:30 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
At this point, I just hope Markieff Morris is ok. That was a blindside shot to the back he took from Jokic. – 11:29 PM

Ethan J. Skolnick @EthanJSkolnick
That, from Jokic, warrants a lengthy suspension – 11:27 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Have never seen Nikola Jokic do something like that before.
Scary stuff with Morris down and the stretcher out.
Jokic’s frustration had been building all night with Miami’s physicality. Inexcusable. – 11:27 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Markieff Morris just ran and hit Jokic with a full on hit.
Jokic didn’t like that and blindsided Morris in the back with full force.
They’re bringing out the stretcher to attend to Morris who has been down for awhile.
Vibes were immaculate for Denver before that play. – 11:27 PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
I have no idea what Jokic was thinking – 11:27 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Morris gave Jokic a hard foul. Jokic followed by going straight to him and shoving him to the floor. Ejection and most likely a suspension will be coming for Jokic regardless of Morris’ hard foul. Jokic cannot respond like that. – 11:26 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Bringing the stretcher out for Markieff Morris. Jokic put a shoulder into Morris’ back. – 11:25 PM

Tony Mejia @MejiaDinero
Nikola Jokic lost his mind on Markieff Morris. Cheap shot from behind. He’ll catch a few games for that – 11:25 PM

Rob Perez @WorldWideWob

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jokic wyd? – 11:24 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
The vibes could not have been better and then that happened. I gotta think Jokic is getting tossed for the rest of this one and…. – 11:23 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
There’s something about Nikola Jokic humbling the leagues best defenders each and every time out.
He’s annihilated Bam Adebayo in this one. Jokic has 25 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Embarrassed him – 11:23 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Welp. Jokic is getting a suspension. – 11:22 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jokic has 25 points on 14 shots with no 3-pointers.
Oh, and he has 10 assists and just 2 turnovers.
The MVP is fully in control. – 11:22 PM

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Jokic with 25 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. – 11:20 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Jokic sees every single thing happening on a basketball court form every single angle. At all times. – 11:19 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic has made Bam Adebayo look like just another dude tonight. – 11:18 PM

Vivek Jacob @vivekmjacob
That no look Jokic just threw to Gordon was ridiculous but Jeff Green took it all away with the offensive foul – 11:18 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Nikola Jokic with his first triple double of the 2021-22 season comes against a Top-5 defense in the league.
21 points
12 rebounds
10 assists
The MVP showed up. – 11:14 PM

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
This Jokic guy isn’t bad. #analysis11:14 PM

Katy Winge @katywinge
And the world felt normal again. – 11:13 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Bones already knows where he can help when playing with Jokic. Great job by him relocating on the perimeter after his defender stunted down to Jokic’s post up. – 10:54 PM

More on this storyline

Markieff Morris was also fined $50,000 for his flagrant two foul that led to Jokic’s retaliation. Miami’s Jimmy Butler also was fined $30,000 for attempting to escalate the altercation and failing to comply with an NBA security interview. -via Ohm Youngmisuk @ ESPN / November 9, 2021

Michael Singer: NBA isn’t done with their investigation yet on Nikola Jokic, I’m told. No word if punishment is coming later today or tomorrow. -via Twitter @msinger / November 9, 2021

Harrison Wind: Nuggets are still waiting on a ruling from the league regarding a potential Nikola Jokic suspension. It could come today, but it sounds like tomorrow morning is more likely. Denver hosts Indiana Wednesday night. -via Twitter @HarrisonWind / November 9, 2021

Source: Yahoo Sports


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