NBA suspends MVP Jokic after altercation with Heat's Morris
Nikola Jokic has been suspended one game after a dust up with Miami Heat forward Markieff Morris. Jokic will miss the Nuggets game vs. the Indiana Pacers
The NBA has suspended Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic for one game for "forcefully shoving" the Miami Heat's Markieff Morris on Monday.
Jokic suspended, Morris and Butler fined
Morris was fined $50,000 for a Flagrant 2 foul that precipitated the incident, which saw both players ejected from the game. The Nuggets went on to win 113-96.
Miami's Jimmy Butler also was fined $30,000 for "attempting to escalate the altercation" and refusing to submit to an interview with NBA security as it investigated the matter.
Jokic reacted angrily when Morris came in with a hard foul at midcourt with 2:39 to play in the game, catching his opponent with a left elbow to the chest.
Spoelstra: Jokic shove was a "dirty play"
Last season's NBA MVP charged after Morris and responded with a right forearm shove to the back, sending the Heat player crashing heavily to the court.
Both teams' coaching staffs sprang from their benches to try and restore order along with the referees.
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra called it a "very dangerous, dirty play" by Jokic, who expressed regret following the game.
Denver will be without Jokic vs. Indiana
"It's a stupid play. I feel bad. I am not supposed to react that way," Jokic told reporters. "... I just needed to protect myself. I felt bad. I am not supposed to react that way, but I need to protect myself."
Jokic will have to sit out Denver's game against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.