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Miami Heat forward Markieff Morris has missed the last 30 games since he got into an altercation on the court with Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and November 8th, 2021.

Nikola Jokic

Nikola  Jokic
Team: Denver Nuggets
Position: C, PF
Age: 26
Height: 208 cm
Weight: 111 kg
Birth place: Serbia

The Morris brother and the reigning NBA MVP got into a fight when the Heat forward tried to stop a fast break with a forceful elbow hit to Jokic's ribs. The Serbian center then responded by shoving Morris with his back turned to the ground.

On Thursday evening, Markieff Morris responded to a tweet that highlighted he would be missing his 30th consecutive game and said, "Ain't shit wild about it! It's a real injury! Imagine having a 300-pound sloppy fat boy run full speed and make direct contact with your spine! I'll be back soon like I said."

The NBA suspended Jokic one game without pay after the altercation, and Morris was fined $50,000 for committing a flagrant 2 foul. In addition, Miami forward Jimmy Butler was fined $30,000 for attempting to escalate the altercation.

The Heat forward was emotional after the match and took to Twitter to express his thoughts. "No doubt I took a hard foul which I always do, but I've never hit a man with his back turned," Morris said after the match.

The incident sparked a reaction both from the Morris brothers and, most notably, from the Jokic brothers. The Serbian brothers even created a new Twitter account to voice their opinion.

"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," the brothers tweeted after the match.

Nikola Jokic is currently 3rd in All-Star voting in the Western Conference and 2nd in frontcourt voting. The Serbian averages 25.7 points, 14.2 rebounds, and 7 assists per game, while Morris averages 7 points, 3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game.

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Nikola Jokic

Nikola  Jokic
Nikola  Jokic
MIN: 32.67
PTS: 25.74 (61.28%)
REB: 14.16
As: 7
ST: 1.32
BL: 0.84
TO: 3.71
GM: 31