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Trae Young, Ja Morant say Jokic didn’t deserve ejection

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 ejected for a Flagrant 2 foul with 3:52 remaining in the third quarter and the Nuggets trailing the Suns by 8.

Jokic took a wild swing at the Suns’ Cameron Payne, hitting Payne across the face as he made a hard swipe to knock the ball loose. The foul came after Jokic didn’t get a call on a one-handed runner, as he briefly glanced over at a referee and gestured.

Suns star Devin Booker immediately confronted Jokic, as the teams briefly scuffled before being separated. After he was ejected, Jokic appeared to apologize to Payne.

Folks quickly weighed in on social media, with NBA stars Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks and Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies among those who felt the ejection was too harsh, particularly in an elimination game. Denver was down 3-0 in the series entering Sunday night’s Game 4 and Phoenix completed the sweep 125-118.

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

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