The hard hitting exchange between Nikola Jokic and Markieff Morris remains a hot topic of discussion not only in the basketball world, but also within the association.
As per Mike Singer of the Denver Post, the NBA remains unfinished in investigating the infamous incident. He added that there’s no timetable yet on the announcement of punishments for the two and other involved cagers.
On Tuesday, Morris and Jokic became the center of attention after committing dirty plays with each other in the Miami Heat-Denver Nuggets match. In the dying minutes of the 4th quarter, Jokic was going for a coast-to-coast as he was elbowed on the ribs by the veteran in midcourt. Angered by the action, the reigning MVP responded with a forceful tackle of his own, leaving Morris on the ground while mincing in pain.
Both players were removed from the game by the officials, while swingman Jimmy Butler was slapped with a technical foul 1 after throwing harsh words against the Nuggets bench. At the end, Miami players tried to confront the Denver squad in the hallway, but security escalated quickly to stop what could be a possible violent scuffle.
In the post-game interview, the Serbian superstar admitted that he felt bad about what he did to Morris, saying that the elbow it delivered was “little over the edge” on the physicality of the game.
Morris, on his part, jokingly addressed the issue via Twitter post recently, and claimed that he never hit a man with his back turned.
Emotions have reached further in social media earlier, as the brothers of two went into a clash of words.
Marcus Morris Sr, The twin brother of Markieff, issued a warning after the duel, telling the fans that he is reminded of the push-off.
Brothers of Jokic, Strahinja and Nemanja, who were spectating at the stands of Monday’s face-off, created a Twitter account as per Denver Post to hit back against the L.A. Clippers forward. The two accounts have then traded tirades on each other.
After the heated condemnation, Marcus Sr. then issued his final words about the issue, possibly influenced by his mother on the decision.
The Nuggets will travel to South Beach on November 29 for an enticing rematch against the Heat. While things are getting marquee on both engaged teams, the league seems to be imposed on its preparations to handle the notorious situation.