No player of the Miami Heat was made available for remarks following Monday’s defeat to the Denver Nuggets, but some of them had something to say on Wednesday as regards Nikola Jokic’s shove of Markieff Morris.
With over 2:39 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Miami Heat’s 17-point defeat to the Nuggets at Ball Arena on Monday, Jokic blindsided Morris in retaliation to a tough foul.
Miami Heat veteran and team captain Udonis Haslem said following the side’s morning shoot around session at UCLA, "Obviously in a situation like that, alpha males and reactions take over, a couple of days later, we all want what’s best for everybody. I don’t think Jokic is a bad guy. I actually love him as a basketball player and I love him as a person. I think he’s a really good guy. I think emotions just got the best of everybody according to a report from casinoranking.lv
"Looking at it a day or two later, I wish it wouldn’t have gone down the way it went down. But I don’t think he’s a bad guy, nor do I think he’s a dirty player. I’m also a guy who has definitely let emotions get the best of me sometimes. But I never hit anybody in the back, and I think that’s where it got a little murky. But I don’t think he’s a bad guy, and I don’t think he meant to hurt anybody. We don’t hold grudges, so it’s time to move on."
Morris was subsequently ruled out of Wednesday’s game against the Lakers because of whiplash stemming from the on-court incident. He was at the side’s morning shoot around in midweek but did not take part, leaving him without comment for a medical appointment.
Coach Erik Spoelstra said of Morris: "He’s getting better, that’s the only update."Heat veteran forward P.J. Tucker also said: "Keef is my brother.
He has been my brother for a long time. So of course, my brother is down there on the floor, I’m worried. But he’s good, so I can’t wait to get him back."
The NBA reviewed the incident and announced Tuesday a one-game suspension by casino games real money and without pay for Nikola Jokic for "forcefully shoving" Markieff Morris "to the floor from behind." Jokic will serve his one-game suspension on Wednesday when the Nuggets play host to the Indiana Pacers, which will cost him a match cheque of about $210,417.
The league body also issued a $50,000 fine to Markieff Morris "for committing a Flagrant Foul 2 on Jokic that initiated an on-court altercation." The $50,000 fine is the maximum punishment before a player can file a grievance.
Also, Heat forward Jimmy Butler got a $30,000 fine "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."
A picture captured a tense moment with players of Miami Heat waiting in the hallway outside their locker room after Monday’s match. As they looked toward the Nuggets’ locker, security and Heat GM Andy Elisburg stood in front of them obstructing the hallway.
"It’s one of those situations, man, we’re grown, men. Things happen," Tucker said. "The team is going to stick behind their brothers, fight for each other as the Denver players did for their player. It’s just how it is. It’s part of the league."