Nikloa Jokic has a mean streak. He showed it early in Game Three when the threw an elbow into Enes Kanter on the low block on a free-throw. He also wrapped Damian Lillard around the neck for a hard foul in the second half.
Kanter, who battled valiantly through a separated left-shoulder, separating even more to the point where he had to put his arm in his jersey running back down the court, took major exception to Jokic’s arm-bar on Twitter.
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 4, 2019
When asked about it Saturday, Blazers coach Terry Stotts said Jokic’s elbow was “uncalled-for” and he “certainly didn’t approve of it.”
Denver Nuggets head coach Mike Malone defended Jokic, saying “I think Terry is off base there. Normal play.”
That’s right. Normal play.
Stotts said he didn’t know if the league would review the play, as the league can assess retroactive technical and flagrant fouls if necessary.
The Blazers won in four overtimes in an instant classic, 140-137, to take a 2-1 series lead on Denver in the Western Conference Semifinals.
Game Four is Sunday at 4pm on TNT.