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Michael Malone Is Not Happy With Nikola Jokic Attitude Towards Referees: “He Gets Frustrated With The Referees... But That Can Never Take Away From Your Duties As A Basketball Player.”

Michael Malone Is Not Happy With Nikola Jokic Attitude On Referees: “He Gets Frustrated With The Referees... But That Can Never Take Away From Your Duties As A Basketball Player.”

Mike Malone was very critical of Nikola Jokic and his attitude on Sunday. The Serbian big man apparently lost the focus and hurt the team's chances to beat the Boston Celtics. Entering the game, the Nuggets were on an eight-game winning streak since acquiring Aaron Gordon but their sweet moment came to an end.

They seemed to have everything under control on Sunday night when they faced the Celtics. Mike Malone's were well on route to the win at the end of the third quarter but things quickly got out of control when Nikola Jokic left the court. The player wasn't so happy with the referees and that took him out of the game, mentally speaking. After the match was over, Malone talked about it, saying that regardless of his frustration, Nikola shouldn't lose focus.

“Regarding Nikola, he gets frustrated with the referees and what he perceives to be a lack of calls, and you understand that,” Malone said. “But that can never take you away from your duty as a basketball player. So that’s something that he, myself, and all of us can definitely be better at.”

The C's closed the game with a 40-8 run to snatch the win from the Nuggets, who looked very comfortable at the end of the 3rd period. Jokic was too busy talking to referees instead of playing and that hurt the team. The MVP candidate had the chance to discuss the situation, claiming that just like them, the rest of the league is complaining about the officials.

"I think the whole 30 teams are complaining and whining,” Jokic said when asked about the complaints. “We are just one of them. It’s just how the game goes. They’re doing their job. We need to do our job. Sometimes it’s miscommunication, like arguments, of course, like in every job."

It was a very bad night for everybody in Denver. The Joker didn't even gather with teammates during a timeout, showing how frustrated he was with everything happening in the game.

The entire league indeed has something to say about the refs, not only Jokic but as the coach said, he should know better than this. The Nuggets were having a good game and when things went wrong, they opened the door for the Celtics to take over. Hopefully, this won't happen again since these attitudes don't help the team but the opposite.