During the game against the Detroit Pistons, the Denver Nuggets faced an unusual situation: both their head coach and best player were ejected in the first half. Superstar Nikola Jokic and coach Mike Malone got two technical fouls each. Jokic played only 15 minutes, finishing with nine points, five rebounds, and five assists.
Later on, Malone faced the same fate. Despite these ejections, Denver led by 56 points at halftime. Malone got his second technical foul with 1:21 left in the first quarter. A heated argument with a referee led to Malone being thrown out of the game.
Mike Malone said:
During the game, you see things. When you're watching on TV, you see everything. It's hard to watch, I'll just leave it at that. It's hard to watch, but it's great to watch a win. When you make a good play, we're pumping our fists, we're excited, we're hugging. When you don't make a good play, I'm cursing in Serbian.
In the second quarter, with 1:22 left, Nikola Jokic got ejected. He believed Isaiah Stewart fouled him while passing out of a double team. Unlike Coach Mike Malone, Jokic wasn’t as furious. The technical foul likely came from something he said to the referee.
NBA Fans backing Nikola Jokic over his ejection
Not just Denver Nuggets fans, but Detroit supporters also expressed frustration with the situation. The absence of Jokić didn’t deter the Nuggets, who clinched a 107-103 win with 21 points from Reggie Jackson and 20 from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. This marked Jokic’s first ejection in two years, a memorable event tied to the incident with Markieff Morris during a game against the Miami Heat.
People are going furry about Nikola‘s ejection. They think this is unfair to get him ejected for this. Fans are also dragging Adam Silver into this. Adam is an NBA lawyer who is a sports executive. People are also dragging Draymond Green for this because of his brutal foul on Rudy Gobert. They have suspended him for only 5 games, which contrasted his suspension and Jokic’s ejection. Here are some of the fans’ reactions:
The visiting Denver Nuggets defeated Detroit 107-103 on Monday, despite center Nikola Jokic’s ejection, led by Reggie Jackson’s 21 points and six assists. This was the Pistons’ 12th consecutive loss. With 1:25 remaining, Gordon’s three-point play gave Denver a 106-103 lead. With 1:01 left, Jackson’s free throw gave the Nuggets the victory.