Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic has been suspended for one game without pay.
Jokic forcefully pushed Miami Heat forward Markieff Morris in the back on Monday night, and now the Nuggets will not have their franchise center against Indiana.
Morris was fined $50,000 for his flagrant fouls that led to Jokic's retaliation, while Jimmy Butler was fined $30,000 for attempting to escalate the altercation.
Jokic was ejected after he took exception to a foul by Morris and delivered a hard right forearm shove with his weight behind him to Morris' back.
The skirmish spilled onto social media as Markieff's twin brother, Marcus Morris, chimed in on Twitter saying that he will remember it.
"Waited till bro turned his back smh. NOTED," Marcus Morris tweeted Monday night with an emoji of a hand with a pen writing something down.
That prompted Jokic's brothers, Strahinja and Nemanja, to OPEN a Twitter account named "@JokicBrothers" to respond.
"You should leave this the way it is instead of publicly threatening our brother! Your brother made a dirty play first. If you want to make a step further be sure we will be waiting for you !! Jokic Brothers"
"That was a very dangerous and dirty play. Keef took a foul and it was one of those fast break take fouls and he did with his shoulder. You might deem that maybe as a little bit more than just slapping somebody but after watching it on film it was a take foul. That's how I saw it. And the play after that's just absolutely uncalled for." Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
Jokic felt the need to protect himself but that he felt bad after seeing how hard he shoved Morris in the back.
"It's a stupid play," Jokic told reporters after the game. "I feel bad. I am not supposed to react that way ... I thought it was going to be a take foul ... I think it was a dirty play. And I just needed to protect myself. I felt bad, I am not supposed to react that way but I need to protect myself."
The Nuggets will now be without their top three players against Indiana, as they are already without the injured Jamal Murray, who is recovering from a torn ACL, and Michael Porter Jr. remains out due to a lower back injury.