Enes Kanter asks NBA to review Nikola Jokic cheap shot
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.”
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) May 4, 2019
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.
Enes Kanter said he re-separated his left shoulder in the first overtime and also injured his right bursa earlier in the game. Both were wrapped in ice afterward and he said he wasn’t sure he’d be able to play in Game 4.
— Joe Freeman (@BlazerFreeman) May 4, 2019
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.