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Jokic Suspended, Morris Fined in Aftermath of Monday Night’s Conflict

Last night’s Miami Heat-Denver Nuggets game was followed by quite the social media drama.

Emotions ran high on Monday when Markieff Morris ran into Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic with just under three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. With his back turned away from Jokic, the reigning MVP retaliated but shoving Morris back, forcing the veteran forward to fall to the floor. Morris required immediate medical attention, but was said to be moving well following the 113-96 loss.

Morris was ultimately assessed a flagrant foul 2, while Jokic was ejected from the contest.

“That was a very dangerous and dirty play,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game. “Keef took a foul, and it was one of those fast-break-take fouls and he did with his shoulder. You might deem that maybe as a little bit more than just slapping somebody, but after watching it on film, it was a take foul. That’s how I saw it. And the play after that’s just absolutely uncalled for.”

Jokic, who finished the night with 25 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, said he felt bad for Morris during his post-game, but emphasized that in the heat of competition, he had to protect himself.

“It’s a stupid play,” Jokic said. “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. 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.”

While it may seem as though Jokic is ready to put this conflict behind him, Morris’ twin brother Marcus, who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers looked to have other ideas. The Clippers forward took to twitter on Monday night, sending out a not-so-subtle threat to the Nuggets center.

The story took an even stranger turn this afternoon as Jokic’s brothers responded to Marcus, vowing to protect their brother and throwing the threat right back at the 32-year old Morris.

Since I know everyone is curious, the Nuggets take on the Clippers on December 26, meaning we may have some Christmas weekend fireworks. In the meantime, Morris was fined by the league, while Jokic was assessed a one game suspension.

In the words of the great Aubrey Graham, today Twitter fingers most definitely turned to trigger fingers.

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