Video: Derrick Favors, Mason Plumlee get into scuffle during Jazz-Nuggets game
Things got chippy early in the second game of ESPN’s doubleheader. In the first quarter after battling for a rebound, Mason Plumlee of the Denver Nuggets and Derrick Favors of the Utah Jazz began a shoving match. The two had to be separated and were both ejected from the game.
Plumlee and Favors with some pushing and shoving, Nuggets had a couple players off the bench that may have issues later pic.twitter.com/xkn3qJFDNn
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) January 24, 2019
Favors clearly yanks on Plumlee’s arm after the whistle was blown. Plumlee responds by getting in Favors’ face, and as the referee works to separate the two, Favors shoves Plumlee away. Plumlee has to be restrained by teammates, security, and even Jazz players.
Unfortunately for the Nuggets, the scrap occurred at their end of the floor and their star center Nikola Jokic, appears to leave the bench. He didn’t get involved or step in bounds, but he may end up being suspended regardless.
Bobby Marks of ESPN referenced the rule:
“Any player leaving the bench area in connection with an altercation during the game will be suspended for a minimum of 1 game and up to $50K.”
The league will also watch to see if Will Barton and Jamal Murray left the bench area.
Prior to this game’s conclusion, the Nuggets sat in second place in the Western Conference with a record of 31-14. The Jazz were in the seventh spot with a 26-22 record.
If Jokic, Barton and/or Murray are suspended for a game, their next contest wouldn’t be a bad one for it to be. The Nuggets will host the Phoenix Suns on Friday. The Suns are in the last place in the West with a record of 11-38.