One play throughout Sport three of the Path Blazers-Nuggets Western Convention semifinals sequence that bought misplaced within the shuffle through the 4-overtime marathon recreation got here between Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic and Path Blazers’ Enes Kanter.
Jokic threw an elbow at Kanter’s injured left shoulder – and Kanter spoke out in regards to the transfer on social media after the sport. He tagged the NBA referees’ official Twitter account with the caption: “Take a freaking have a look at this please.”
Clearly, Kanter was upset with the play however Portland coach Terry Stotts additionally took offense to it.
“Sure, I’ve seen it and I feel it was uncalled for,” Stotts instructed reporters Saturday (via Yahoo Sports). “I do not know if the league will evaluate it or not, however I definitely did not approve of it.”
It is not clear if the league has reviewed the play, however it may retroactively give technical or flagrant fouls if it sees match.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone, nevertheless, stated he disagrees with Stotts and he did not see something fallacious with Jokic throwing an elbow.
“Regular play,” Malone stated. “I feel Terry is off base there. Personally, I do not suppose it was something malicious. Identical to a few of their screens within the first two video games, I do not suppose there was something malicious to it – with Kanter getting tossed into Torrey Craig. That is the playoffs. We’re all huge boys, let’s exit and play the sport accordingly.
“I’ve identified Nikola Jokic for 4 years,” Malone added. “He would not have that form of character, he would not have that DNA gene the place he’ll go on the market and make nonbasketball performs and attempt to damage anyone or do something that’s past the boundaries of what’s sportsmanship and what’s not sportsmanship. So I’d positively not agree with Terry’s evaluation.”
Kanter has been coping with a shoulder harm since Sport 5 of Portland’s first-round sequence in opposition to the Thunder. He revealed after Friday’s recreation that he believes he separated his shoulder much more.