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Former NBA player Chandler Parsons sees the “race card” in the forecast if Denver big man Nikola Jokic is not suspended for Game 5 of Nuggets-Suns.

“This isn’t Malice in the Palace,” Parsons said. “He didn’t dive into the crowd. It wasn’t an argument. This was [Ishbia] actually trying to give his team an advantage to his team in holding the ball, and the dude was actually holding the ball. I don’t think [Jokic] knew it was the owner when that happened. Obviously they were made aware before the press conference, and I thought it was hilarious that they kept calling him ‘the fan.’

“But I will say this: Get ready for the race card when he does not get suspended, because I don’t think he’s gonna get suspended, and there’s gonna be a lot of things [like] ‘If this were Draymond or Dillon Brooks, or anybody with a past reputation, he’d be suspended.’”