Trae Young and Ja Morant say Jokic did not deserve Payne’s strikeout


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Trae Young and Ja Morant say Jokic did not deserve Payne's strikeout

Game 4 of the NBA playoff series between the Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns took a dramatic turn when Denver big man Nikola Jokic, the league’s newly crowned MVP, was sent off for a flagrant foul with 2 remaining. 3:52 in the third quarter and the Nuggets trailing the Suns by eight points.

Jokic delivered a savage blow to the Suns’ Cameron Payne, hitting Payne in the face as he landed a hard blow to release the ball. The foul came after Jokic missed a call on a one-handed basket attempt advance, while briefly glancing at a referee and gesturing.

Suns star Devin Booker immediately took on Jokic, as the teams briefly squabbled before parting ways.

After being expelled, Jokic appeared to apologize to Payne.

People quickly weighed in on social media, with NBA stars Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks and Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies among whom they felt the expulsion was too harsh, particularly in an elimination game. . Denver was down 3-0 in the series going into Game 4 on Sunday night, and Phoenix completed the sweep with a 125-118 victory.

There were some who backed the expulsion, including New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, who we should point out is from Arizona and a Suns fan.


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