Ja Morant, Trae Young & Others React to Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic Getting Ejected in Game 4 Against Suns

Published 06/13/2021, 10:38 PM EDT
Jun 13, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) push each other in the third quarter during game four in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports


As the Denver Nuggets try to come back from an impossible 3-0 deficit against the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference Semi-Finals, things got heated in Game 4. Nikola Jokic got a flagrant foul on Cameron Payne and Devin Booker was not one to sit around and just watch. As if the game wasn’t intense enough, this definitely had Twitter riled up.

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Nikola Jokic ejection grabs the limelight

The Phoenix Suns entered this game with the mindset for a sweep against Denver. The Nuggets season coming to an end seemed inevitable, and with this season’s MVP ejected because of his foul will make it almost impossible for Denver to make any comeback.

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Nikola Jokic was straight up ejected from the game after his hard blow to the Suns’ guard’s face on defense, and the aggression of the foul had Cameron Payne’s teammate, Devin Booker, furious. He even charged at Nikola for committing the flagrant foul. Both of them were face to face, and there was a war of words.

Although Jokic was tossed out, he was seen showing some affection to Payne after the foul. In fact, this became the highlight of this matchup and had Twitter reacting to it.

 

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Phoenix Suns with a clean sweep

After having their best man down, the Denver Nuggets lost all hope to stay alive in the series. The Suns were already the favorites and the most obvious choice to win this series and that’s exactly what happened.

Despite Jokic’s effort to start the game with fire, the Nuggets eventually slipped and lost their lead in the third quarter. Even with Jokic out, Denver’s fourth quarter was applaudable and diminished the Suns’ lead to just 6 points.

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However, Phoenix eventually decided to put the Nuggets out of their misery. After a drama-filled match, it was game over at 125-118 and the Suns ascended to the Conference Finals.

Jun 13, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) controls the ball as Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) defends in the third quarter during game four in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

This season’s MVP’s hopes of being in title contention were crushed faster than they were formed. And an ejection was probably not the way Jokic was planning to finish his season either. Better luck next time for Denver!

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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