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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Enes Kanter asks NBA to review Nikola Jokic cheap shot

Enes Kanter

Enes Kanter was on the receiving end of a cheap shot from Nikola Jokic during Game 3 between the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets on Friday night, and he wants the NBA to review the play.

The incident occurred when Jokic and Kanter were lined up next to each other on a Moe Harkless free throw attempt in the second quarter. Jokic, who was lined up close to the basket, blatantly rammed into Kanter. While no foul was called, Kanter tweeted after the game asking the NBA to “take a freaking look at this please.”

To make matters worse, Jokic caught Kanter directly in the left shoulder. The Blazers big man suffered a separated shoulder during Portland’s first-round series against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and he is still playing through a great deal of pain. He’s unsure if he will be able to play in Game 4.

Kanter’s shoulder has clearly bothered him at other times during the series, and you’d hate to hear that Jokic knew that and was trying to target that area. While a suspension seems highly unlikely, a fine would be reasonable.

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