Memphis Grizzlies wing Dillon Brooks Suspended for match 3 of the second round series against Golden State WarriorsThe NBA announced Thursday. Brooks was kicked out of Game 2 after committing a Flagrant 2 foul on the Warriors guard Gary Payton II. This error resulted in Payton fracture in his left elbow. He is expected to miss at least three weeks due to injury, although the Warriors have not ruled out a possible return to the NBA Finals.
The same offense occurred early in Game 2. Payton had a wide open lane for the basket and went up for a dip. Brooks knocked him down with a heavy blow to the head, and Payton fell hard on the ground.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr Believes That whether the play was intentional or not, it’s definitely sloppy, and that Brooks crossed the line. “Basketball in the playoffs is supposed to be physical,” he explained. “But there is a code that players follow where you never put a season on for the guy [or] A career in jeopardy by taking someone out in the air and hitting them with batons across the head, eventually breaking Gary’s elbow…He broke the blade. Dillon Brooks has broken the code.”
This series has been the same since the beginning. big man warriors Draymond Green Kicked out of Game 1 for a hit in Brandon Clarkand Green gave a middle finger to Memphis fans when he went to the locker room in Game 2. The Grizzlies defeated the Warriors in the playoff round last season.
Brooks is averaging 18.4 points per game this season, and he’s started all eight games the Grizzlies have played. Memphis will rely on reserve wards DeAnthony Melton and Zayer Williams to fill his shoes. They did so admirably in Game 2’s win, but as the series moves to San Francisco in Game 3, the pressure on young Grizzlies to keep up with the three-time Warriors champ is still there.
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