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Mike Malone confident no bans for Nuggets after scuffle with Jazz

Mike Malone confident no bans for Nuggets after scuffle with Jazz
Published On: Thu, Jan 24
May 17, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Denver Nuggets heads coach Michael Malone represents his team during the NBA draft lottery at New York Hilton Midtown. The Philadelphia 76ers received the first overall pick in the 2016 draft. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets dismissed the possibility of one-game suspensions for three key starters, including star center Nikola Jokic, due to leaving the bench area during a physical confrontation between Utah Jazz power forward Derrick Favors and Nuggets backup center Mason Plumlee.

Favors and Plumlee were both ejected after their exchange of shoves resulted in a scrum underneath the basket with 2:46 left in the first quarter of the Jazz's 114-108 win Wednesday.

The NBA could determine that Jokic, Gary Harris and Jamal Murray violated the rule forbidding players not participating in the game from leaving the immediate vicinity of the bench during an altercation. Violators of the rule are automatically subjected to a one-game suspension and $50,000 fine.

"I think our assistant coaches made sure that nobody was on the court," Denver coach Mike Malone said. "I have no doubts that our guys stayed where they were supposed to stay."

Jokic got off the Nuggets' bench and took several steps down the baseline toward the scrum. He did not step on the court or confront anyone before being pulled back by a Nuggets assistant. He seemed confused by a question about potential discipline from the league office.

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