If anybody has any ideas about doing any type of harm to Nikola Jokic, his brothers will be in the stands in Miami and ready to pounce on them.
The NBA announced on Tuesday that reigning MVP Nikola Jokic has been suspended one game without pay for “forcefully shoving” Miami Heat forward Markieff Morris to the floor from behind during Monday night’s Nuggets-Heat game. He was responding to what he felt was a cheap shot from Morris a few seconds earlier.
Morris will not face suspension but was fined $50,000. In addition to Morris’ fine, Jimmy Butler has been fined $30K for “attempting to escalate the altercation and failing to comply with an NBA Security interview as part of the review process pertaining to an on-court matter.”
Emotions from NBA MVP Nikola Jokic’s retaliatory bodycheck spilled onto social media as the brothers of both players weighed in.
“Waited till bro turned his back smh. NOTED,” Marcus Morris tweeted Monday night with an emoji of a pen in hand.
That prompted Jokic’s brothers, Strahinja and Nemanja, to open a Twitter account named “@JokicBrothers” to respond to Marcus Morris.
The new account tweeted: “You should leave this the way it is instead of publicly threatening our brother! Your brother made a dirty play first. If you want to make a step further be sure we will be waiting for you !! Jokic Brothers.”
The two teams will face off against each other later this month, and when they do, both brothers will be attendance.
Jokic left with a triple-double of 25 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists.
“It’s a stupid play,” Jokic told reporters after the game. “I feel bad. I am not supposed to react that way. … I thought it was going to be a take foul. … I think it was a dirty play. And I just needed to protect myself. I felt bad, I am not supposed to react that way, but I need to protect myself.”
Jokic later added: “I don’t know who showed me the clip, and actually his head snapped back [after the shove], so I feel really bad… It’s a bad move.”