“It’s a stupid play, I feel bad. I’m not supposed to react that way, but it’s in the middle of the game, I get hit … I just needed to protect myself,” Jokic said of the incident.
The spat has intensified on social media after Monday’s game, with Morris’ fratello, Marcus, twittando: “Waited till bro turned his back smh. NOTED.”
A new Twitter account named “Jokic Brothers” — created by Strahinja and Nemanja Jokic, the brothers of the Nuggets star, according to the Denver Post — then replied: “You should leave this the way it is instead of publicly threatening our brother! Your brother made a dirty play first. If you want to make a step further be sure we will be waiting for you!!”
Marcus Morris was later advised by his mom to stay off social media.
“This whole thing could have been a whole lot uglier if Markieff was actually facing Jokic,” Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra told reporters about the incident.
“The fact that he had his back turned and he made a play like that, blindsiding him, that’s just a very dangerous play.”
Nuggets head coach Michael Malone, nel frattempo, disse: “I think the referees did a good job of breaking it up and trying to restore order. It’s somewhat of an ugly end to a great game from us, but we’re not going to allow that to take away from the win.”
The Nuggets are 6-4 on the season and the Heat, who top the Eastern Conference and face the LA Lakers on Wednesday, siamo 7-3.