TNT’s Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley defend Nikola Jokic’s role in ejection


Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic was suspended for one game after he was sent off at the end of Monday night’s win over the Miami Heat.

Jokic was hit by Heat forward Markieff Morris and quickly reacted with an even bigger blow, sending Morris to the ground.
NBA League Pass: Sign up to unlock games outside the live market (7-day free trial)A stretcher was brought to the floor for Morris, who was also ejected, but was able to walk off the court, and the Heat later announced that he was dealing with an apparent neck injury. Miami star Jimmy Butler received a technical foul for his reaction to the play.
Morris was fined $ 50,000 for committing a Flagrant Foul 2 at Jokic, while Butler was fined $ 30,000 for attempting to escalate the altercation.The reigning MVP was sorry After the match, describing his actions as a “bad move”.”I felt bad, really. I don’t know who showed me the clip and I saw his head fall back. I feel really bad. It was a reaction. It’s a bad move.”

On TNT the following night, analysts Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley weighed in in the fight between Jokic and Morris, defending the Serbian big man. PLUS: Nikola Jokic suspended for one game“He shot him in the back and whipped him,” Ernie Johnson said when asked by Barkley what Jokic did to deserve a suspension.”Wait, Ernie,” Shaq replied. “It’s called retaliation. First of all, when you hit me, don’t turn around. “Shaq then recalled his infamous fight with Chicago Bulls great man Brad Miller and explained the thought process of a great man in that situation.”Like a big guy, when a little guy hits you, you have to touch him on the back,” O’Neal said.“I have no problem with what The Joker did, actually I like him as a great guy. You got these guys pretending, holding on. He hit him with intentional and unnecessary rudeness, so what do you do as a big guy? Go hit him back. When you hit me, don’t turn your head, because it is coming. Either you’re going to have it in the front or you’re going to have it in the back. “Johnson followed, asking if the play could be considered “a dangerous and dirty play”, before Barkley echoed O’Neal’s sentiments.PLUS: The Jokic brothers join Twitter and send Morris a warning“Morris started it, let’s [that] first, ”Barkley said. “Joker retaliated and then people say, ‘Well, he hit him on the back.’ Well, if you hit me, I’m with Shaq on this. Let me tell you something Ernie: if you hit me, you better not turn your damn back on me, because I’m coming back to you. You can’t hit someone and turn your back on them. “

Next Nuggets schedule 2021-22

The Nuggets are currently on a five-game homestand, with matchups against the Pacers, Hawks and Trail Blazers remaining. They will then take a one-game road trip to Dallas to face the Mavericks.

Date Adversary Time (ET)
Wed, November 10 against Indiana 21:00
Friday, November 12 against Atlanta 21:00
Sunday, November 14 against Portland 8:00 PM
Mon, November 15 in dallas 8:00 PM
Thursday, November 18 against Philadelphia 21:00
Friday, November 19 against Chicago 21:00