Nikola Jokic Ejection: Peers Share Their Opinions

‣ Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets was ejected from a game against the Chicago Bulls for arguing a non-call with referee Mousa Dagher. The ejection sparked controversy, especially as it was Serbian Heritage Night.
‣ The Denver Nuggets won the game 114-106, despite missing two of their star players. They currently hold a 16-9 win-loss record and are the fourth seed in the Western Conference.
‣ There is growing concern about the NBA’s officiating, with many feeling that the ejection of Jokic was unwarranted and that the league needs to address the issue.


The Denver Nuggets nailed another victory last night. They triumphed over the Chicago Bulls on the road, even without Jamal Murray. But that’s not the main scoop. The real buzz is about Nikola Jokic getting the boot.

Jokic got ejected for arguing a non-call with referee Mousa Dagher. Fans on both sides weren’t too thrilled about it. What made it worse? It was Serbian Heritage Night.

Some folks reckon a technical foul would’ve been enough. But an ejection? That’s a bit harsh. Post-game, there was quite a bit of chatter about the incident.

Nikola Jokic Ejected for Second Time This Season

So, what did Jokic have to say after the game? He had a few choice words.

“I’m just happy that we didn’t play in Serbia, this game. It’s could’ve been really fun to see how it would be handled,” he said, with a smirk.

Head coach Michael Malone also chimed in.

“[The referee] just felt the language that was used warranted an ejection,” Malone explained. “A one-tech ejection which I was very shocked at. And when I heard what [Jokic] said, I said ‘I don’t understand the problem because when I grew up that was a term of endearment in my house.’”

Even the Chicago Bulls’ announcers were taken aback. They didn’t agree with the decision to kick Jokic out. After all, fans didn’t pay good money to watch referees officiate. They came for the likes of DeMar DeRozan, Nikola Vucevic, Michael Porter Jr., and of course, Nikola Jokic.

The crowd wasn’t too pleased either. They booed the decision once they realized what had happened. Seems like the NBA might have an officiating issue on their hands. It might be wise for commissioner Adam Silver to tackle it before it starts messing with the league.

Denver’s Success This Year

Despite missing their two stars, the Nuggets proved their mettle. They won 114-106. Reggie Jackson was the star of the night. He led the team with 25 points and six assists. Other key players included rookie Julian Strawther, who scored 16 points off the bench, Michael Porter Jr., with 17 points and seven rebounds, and Aaron Gordon who finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, and six assists.

Currently, the Denver Nuggets have a 16-9 win-loss record. They’re sitting pretty in the fourth seed of the Western Conference. But remember, it was around this time last year when they started heating up and powered their way to the top seed in the West.

The Nuggets have a bunch of home games coming up. They’ve just survived one of the more brutal parts of their schedule. They still have one of the most potent offenses in the league. If their second unit can start stepping up, Denver could find themselves back on top, just like last season.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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