Brooks suspended for J3 vs. Warriors

Forward for the Memphis Grizzlies, Dillon Brookswas suspended one game without pay by the NBA due to the flagrant foul he committed on Gary Payton II in the playoff series against the Golden State Warriors.

Brooks, who was ejected Tuesday for a flagrant 2 foul that landed Payton’s left elbow, will serve his suspension Saturday in Game 3. The NBA announced Thursday that Brooks made “unnecessary and excessive contact” with Payton.

Brooks was chasing Payton from behind in Game 2 when he hit the Warriors player in the head while he was in the air with 9:08 left in the first quarter.

Payton is expected to miss about a month with a broken elbow from the play with Brooks, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday. The possibility that Payton could return for the NBA Finals remains, but only if the Warriors advance in the playoffs.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was furious when the foul occurred, yelling at the umpiring team. As Brooks was ejected, Kerr could be heard yelling, “Get the hell out of here, Brooks!”

“I don’t know if it was intentional, but it was dirty,” Kerr said after the game. “There is a code. This code that players follow where you never jeopardize the season [o] the race of a guy pushing someone when they’re in the air and hitting them in the head… He broke the code. Dillon Brooks broke the code.”

Brooks, 26, is averaging 13.4 points in eight postseason games. He was the second leading scorer for Memphis in the regular season, averaging 18.4 points in 32 games.

In Brooks’s absence, Memphis began the second half with Zaire Williamswho finished with 14 points and five rebounds in Game 2. The Grizzlies have experience playing without Brooks, who has missed 50 games this season due to injury and entering the league’s safety protocols.

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Brooks suspended for J3 vs. Warriors