Tensions sparked Monday by a job push were carried over on social media between the Morris brothers and Jokic on Tuesday.
They also led the NBA to suspend Denver Nuggets center and reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic for one game without payment and fine Miami Heat forward Markieff Morris $50,000 for a flagrant violation. Jimmy Butler of Miami was also fined $30,000 for “attempting to escalate the altercation”. Jokic will miss Wednesday’s game against the Indiana Pacers.
Jokic was ejected from Monday’s game against the Miami Heat after a retaliatory push to the back of Miami’s Markieff Morris. Jokic objected to a hard foul by Morris near midcourt that the officials decided a blatant 2 after review. Morris’s body checked Jokic and elbowed him to the ribs, then walked away before Jokic chased him from behind and pushed him to the court.
Players from both teams met in midfield as Heat forward Jimmy Butler yelled at the Nuggets bench. After the game, Morris’ twin brother and Los Angeles Clippers forward Marcus Morris tweeted his thoughts suggesting he would keep the incident in mind for the future.
The Clippers and Nuggets play next December 26 in Los Angeles.
Jokic’s brothers, Strahinja and Nemanja, do not play in the NBA. But they were in the stands for Monday’s game. And they took to social media on Tuesday to respond to Marcus. They let Marcus know they were ready when he was.
The Denver Post reports that the tweet is indeed from Strahinja and Nemanja. Apparently they created the account early Tuesday to respond to Marcus. They caught Marcus’ attention and the bills continued to trade barbs Tuesday afternoon.
Marcus then shared his take on Fox Sports’ Shannon Sharpe’s opinion that Nikola was right to defend himself before apparently signing off at his mother’s behest.
Markieff seemed to have it all on track on Tuesday.
Nikola is not on Twitter and had not been heard from publicly on Tuesday afternoon since his post-game comments Monday night.
“It’s a stupid play,” Jokic told reporters. ‘I feel bad. I shouldn’t react like that.’
He also clarified that he thought Markieff’s offense was “dirty”.
“I think it was a dirty game,” Jokic continued. “And I just had to protect myself. I felt bad, I shouldn’t react like that, but I have to protect myself.”
It all comes down to constant beef between the Nuggets and Heat. Butler was animated in the immediate aftermath of the incident.
After the game, he and other Heat players waited outside the visitors’ locker room, which is just steps from the Nuggets locker room in Ball Arena.
The rematch is only a few weeks away and the Heat and Nuggets are scheduled for November 29 in Miami. Will Strahinja and Nemanja make the journey? They seem to be regulars at Nikola’s matches.
Like their brother, they are very large men. And Nemanja is a Muay Thai fighter.
None of the men involved seem to have much backdown. Stay tuned.