WATCH: Nuggets vs Jazz Turns Ugly as JaMychal Green Shoves Referee During Scuffle and Gets Ejected

Published 10/27/2021, 1:43 AM EDT
Oct 22, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets forward JaMychal Green (0) pulls in a rebound in the second half against the San Antonio Spurs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports


As the close game between the Nuggets and Utah Jazz neared its end, a fight broke out between JaMychal Green and Hassan Whiteside in the fourth quarter. This scuffle resulted in a double-tech for both the players. However, JaMychal Green was also ejected from the game as he pushed an official in the process of the heated fight.

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After Nikola Jokic left the game due to an injury, this was the last thing the Nuggets would’ve wanted.

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What does this mean for the Denver Nuggets?

Losing Nikola Jokic to a first-half injury was already a setback to the morale of the squad. This fight only indicated the increased tension on the court that resulted in bad decisions from Green; under no circumstances is a player justified in pushing an official.

Oct 26, 2021; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) shoots the ball over Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) during the second quarter at Vivint Arena. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Ever since Malice at the Palace, the NBA has been extremely strict about the players’ conduct on the court. Touching, let alone shoving, an official is the equivalent of hitting a police officer in uniform. It is absolutely unacceptable to the league, and thus resulted in both players getting ejected from the court.

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Therefore, the Denver Nuggets might have to play the next few games without their star player, Jokic. Moreover, key rotation player JaMychal Green might face some more consequences than just his ejection, which is also bad news for the team.

Nikola Jokic’s first half injury against the Utah Jazz

Nikola Jokic collided with Rudy Gobert in the first half of tonight’s game. Consequently, Jokic only played 15 minutes in tonight’s game against the Jazz. However, he had an impressive display in those 15 minutes on the floor, as he 24 points in that short time.

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He was on the verge of a dominant performance tonight before he got injured. His injury was arguably the main reason why the Jazz ended up winning the game with a comfortable margin at the end.

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With this injury blow to the Nuggets, do you think the team morale will severely be affcted? Or will Michael Porter Jr and others step up at this opportunity?

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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