VIDEO: Nikola Jokic ejected, Devin Booker charges him after hard hit on Cameron Payne in Nuggets-Suns Game 4
Tempers are flaring in Game 4 of the Denver Nuggets vs. Phoenix Suns series. 2020-21 NBA MVP Nikola Jokic caught Suns guard Cameron Payne with a blow on the face, and Devin Booker wasn’t taking it sitting down.
Booker and Jokic were face to face and had some choice words for one another. Jokic was handed a flagrant 2 penalty for the foul and was tossed from the game. Catch the heated moment below:
Jokic got ejected after this hard foul on Payne 😯 pic.twitter.com/EvG1Dfvuub
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 14, 2021
That was surreal. Who would have seen that coming between the gentle giant Nikola Jokic and the usually cool Devin Booker? Seeing them go at it, nearly ready to fight, just shows you how testy things can get during an elimination game. The Suns star was coming to the defense of his fallen teammate Payne, who looked absolutely shaken up after the shot to his chops.
Nikola Jokic could be argued to be going for the ball there, but some frustration could have played a factor and the refs deemed it excessive and unnecessary enough for the ejection. The wind-up and ensuing hit might have been the biggest reason for the call.
The Nuggets will have to fight for their playoff lives down 0-3 without their star player.