NUGGETS

Nikola Jokic sounds off on scuffle with Suns owner, makes great points

May 7, 2023, 9:39 PM | Updated: May 8, 2023, 3:33 pm

The story of Game 4 wasn’t so much that the Nuggets lost to the Suns, tying their Round 2 playoff series up 2-2.

It was the scrap between superstar Nikola Jokic and Phoenix owner Mat Ishbia late in the first half that dominated the headlines.

You can watch what happened here, but essentially on a ball out of bounds Ishbia refused to give it up to Jokic. Jokic tried to grab it away, the ball went flying in the air and Jokic gave Ishbia a little shove. The Suns owner followed with an all-time flop, and Jokic was assessed a technical foul.

After the game, referee Tony Brothers explained to a pool reporter why Jokic was given the technical foul.

“The ball went over into the corner there and one of the fans was holding the ball. Jokic came to get the ball, grabbed it away from the fan, then after that he deliberately gave him a shove and pushed him down, so he was issued an unsportsmanlike technical foul,” Brothers said.

The explanation is a bit flimsy, as if Ishbia had just surrendered the ball in the first place, there wouldn’t have been an issue. If it were any other fan, they probably would’ve been ejected.

After the game, Jokic sounded off, coming from the top rope on what should have happened. And he made several great points.

Jokic added he was simply trying to get the Nuggets a 5-on-4 advantage the other way, something he’s done many times.

Suns guard Devin Booker applauded his owner’s antics, saying he earned Phoenix a point thanks to the technical foul.

Now we’ll see if Jokic receives more discipline from the league, including a possible suspension. That would be absolutely insane given everything that transpired, but it’s the NBA, and you can’t rule anything out.

The two teams will meet again on Tuesday night at Ball Arena for a pivotal Game 5.

***

Nuggets

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against Kentavious Caldwell-Pope #5 of the Denver...

Jake Shapiro

KCP snubbed from defensive teams, Jokic lacks honor-worthy cast

The Denver Nuggets defense improved big time in 2023-24 but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope did not get enough votes for the NBA's All-Defense Teams

13 hours ago

Nikola Jokic Anthony Edwards...

Will Petersen

There’s video of Nikola Jokic not real thrilled with Anthony Edwards

Nikola Jokic confronted Anthony Edwards, not happy the young Minnesota star waved to the crowd or about a late dunk attempt from the Wolves

13 hours ago

Ball Arena...

Will Petersen

Ball Arena failures were stunning collapses by the Nuggets and Avs

Monday in the Mile High City hadn't felt this bad since Rahim Moore watched Joe Flacco fling a football over his head more than a decade ago

22 hours ago

Jamal Murray...

Jake Shapiro

Jamal Murray shares his plan for Paris Olympics

Nuggets fans won't have to wait until next season to see star guard Jamal Murray play basketball, he is committed to Team Canada

2 days ago

Michael Malone...

James Merilatt

It’s time to start asking hard questions about Michael Malone

After another Game 7 loss at home, the Nuggets need to question whether or not they have the right head coach to maximize an MVP

2 days ago

Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone reacts during the third quarter against the Minnesota Timb...

Jake Shapiro

Michael Malone blows up at ‘stupid question’ after Nuggets collapse

"Stupid question" Michael Malone said after the Nuggets loss, taking out his anger on a reporter instead of his team for the collapse

2 days ago

Nikola Jokic sounds off on scuffle with Suns owner, makes great points