Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic received a one-game suspension for leaving the bench during an altercation in a game against the Utah Jazz.
Jokic will miss the game Friday night against the Phoenix Suns, the league announced.
The Serbian center stepped toward the court during Wednesday’s loss at Utah when teammate Mason Plumlee and the Jazz’s Derrick Favors engaged in an altercation near the basket.
The league ruled that Jokic’s “proximity to the altercation and aggressive manner created the potential for further escalation of the situation.”
Jokic leads the Nuggets in points (19.8), rebounds (10.3) and assists (7.7) this season.
Plumlee received a $25,000 fine for the incident that occurred late in the first quarter and Favors was fined $15,000.
Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson will miss about two more weeks with a sprained left foot, yet another blow to the NBA’s worst team. Thompson has been sidelined for the past four games. There is some good news for a team with a 9-40 record: Kevin Love might soon be returning. He has missed most of the season following foot surgery.