Brothers of NBA players Nikola Jokic and Markieff Morris exchange words on Twitter after heat-Nuggets skirmish

Emotions of NBA MVP Nikola Jokic’s retributive body check from behind on Miami Heat forward Markieff Morris on Monday night spilled over onto social media as both players’ brothers made an effort.

As the league examines whether to impose further penalties for ejecting the Denver Nuggets star after meeting Morris with 2:39 to go in the fourth quarter in the Nuggets’ 113-96 win over the Heat, LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris, Markieff’s twin brother, chimed in on Twitter.

Marcus Morris hinted that Jokic pushing his brother from behind was shady and he will remember.

“Waited for bro to turn his back on him. NOTICED,” Marcus Morris tweeted monday night with a pen emoji in hand.

That prompted Jokic’s brothers, Strahinja and Nemanja, to open a Twitter account called “@JokicBrothersto respond to Marcus Morris, The Denver Post reported.

The new account tweeted: “You should leave this as it is instead of threatening our brother publicly! Your brother played a dirty game first. If you want to take it one step further, be sure to wait for you!! Jokic Brothers.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Marcus Morris said his mother has been given the last word.

Nikola Jokic faces the likely possibility of suspension after making exception for a foul by Markieff Morris. Jokic bounced the ball back and brought it down as he passed the ball past the midcourt. Trying to stop the game, the Heat attacker made a hard foul with his left elbow on Jokic’s unprotected right side as the center delivered an overhead pass. As Morris walked away, an enraged Jokic took a few steps and gave his right forearm a hard push with his weight behind him on Morris’s back, sending the Heat flying hard to the ground.

Morris was judged a blatant foul 2 and Jokic was sent off.

“That was a very dangerous and dirty move,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters after the game. “Keef took a foul, and it was one of those fast break take mistakes and he did it with his shoulder. You might think of that as a little bit more than just punching someone, but after you do it “On film, it was a take error. That’s how I saw it. And the play after that is just absolutely inappropriate.”

Jokic took off with a triple-double of 25 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. The reigning MVP said he felt the need to protect himself but later felt bad after seeing him push Morris in the back.

“It’s a stupid move,” Jokic told reporters after the game. “I feel bad. I’m not supposed to react like that. … I thought it would be a foul. … I think it was a dirty game. And I just had to protect myself. I felt bad “I’m not supposed to react that way, but I have to protect myself.”

Jokic later added: “I don’t know who showed me the clip, and actually his head broke back [after the shove], so I feel really bad… It’s a bad move.”

The Nuggets, already without injured Jamal Murray, played without Michael Porter Jr. due to a low back injury. Denver could potentially be without its top three players for Wednesday’s game against Indiana.

“I’ll be concerned if they tell us he’s suspended,” said Nuggets coach Michael Malone when asked about a possible suspension for Jokic. “I’m not going to waste time looking in my crystal ball and my tea leaves. I don’t have that. He’s available until they tell me he isn’t. And I see no reason why he should.” are not available on Wednesday evening.”

Spoelstra said Morris was fine after the hard foul and was walking around the locker room. However, the team has ruled out Morris from Wednesday’s game against the Lakers with a neck/whiplash injury.

“This whole thing could have been a lot uglier if Markieff had really faced Jokic,” Spoelstra said. “The fact that he had his back to him and he made such an action that made him go blind is just a very dangerous move.”

Due to the altercation, both the technical staff and the officials tried to keep the peace. As Jokic sat on the bench while things were still being settled on the field, emotions ran high as Miami’s Jimmy Butler yelled at the Nuggets and had to be stopped.

“The video and image are worth a thousand words,” Spoelstra added when asked about the Heat players’ mood after the incident.


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