With 2:39 left in the Heat-Nuggets game at Ball Arena, Denver was on its way to victory.
The meager team held a 17-point lead (111-94) over the 7-2 Miami Heat. It was then that chaos ensued.
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The Jokic-Morris altercation
Nikola Jokic, who raised the ball to the ground, received a strong foul from Markieff Morris, which caused a great physical reaction in the Serbian center.
Tensions flared, but after things calmed down and after the review, both players were sent off. Morris was sent off for his Flagrant-2 foul on Jokic while the Nuggets center had to leave because he received his second technique of the game for his reaction to Morris’s foul.Jimmy Butler was also among those sanctioned, as he was valued as a manager for his reaction.
Despite Morris’s initial foul, Butler’s reaction was likely due to the gravity and impact of Jokic’s blow. A gurney was brought to the floor for Morris, who remained on the floor for a considerable period of time. Finally he returned to the locker room, walk away cautiously without the stretcher. There is no update on Morris’s condition other than what the Miami Heat shared.
Markieff Morris has walked into the locker room with an apparent neck injury. We will provide an update on its status when we receive it.
– Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 9, 2021
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, the only team representative to conduct a post-game interview while the players were available to the media, later provided an update on Morris.“He’s moving in the locker room right now. We will do the necessary tests and do whatever it takes to make sure it’s okay. “
The altercation takes away the fact that the Nuggets without Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. comfortably beat the Heat (113-96), a team that had lost only twice in its previous nine games.Jokic’s triple-double of 25 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists along with two steals and two blocks certainly played a big role. Meanwhile, this is the second time in three games that the Heat have been restricted to less than 100 points. This is the first of a five-game Western Conference road trip for Miami, who will then face the Lakers, Clippers and Jazz over the next five days.