Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic had a not-so-MVP like moment that led to his ejection, but he made sure to exit the right way.
After being assessed with a flagrant 2 foul for his hit on the face of Cameron Payne, Jokic took the time to talk to the Suns guard and show his regret and apology for the incident.
Nikola Jokic showed true sportsmanship right here. 🤝pic.twitter.com/qgISOX7hol
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) June 14, 2021
Now that’s a real MVP move!
Sure enough, Nikola Jokic’s aggression was only caused by his frustration. The Joker is generally known as a fun guy who loves to makes jokes, but going down 3-0 against the Suns and trailing all series long had probably gotten him irritated. It was quite clear as well when he confronted Devin Booker and almost got into a scuffle with him.
Unfortunately, that is not a reason to hit an opponent on the face, even in the playoffs where things getting physical and defense being intense are quite common. While some may argue that a flagrant 2 call and an ejection might be too much, the fact of the matter is the Serbian big man attacked someone with force.
Jokic and the Nuggets can only learn from this experience after another playoffs heartbreak. While they failed to advance to the Western Conference Finals, the team should look forward to a brighter and a more positive future ahead. With an MVP in Jokic in the fold, the return of Jamal Murray, and the development of Michael Porter Jr. as an offensive threat, Denver looks to contend for many years to come.