Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks is known around the league for his tenacious defense and two-way play. However, he has recently been in the headlines for his Flagrant 2 foul on Gary Payton II, which forced the Warriors guard to be sidelined with an elbow injury.
Steve Kerr has previously claimed that Dillon Brooks' foul on Gary Payton II was dirty, and added that he broke the "code that players follow" in the league, where one "never put a guy's season or career in jeopardy".
"I don't know if it was intentional, but it was dirty and you know, playoff basketball is supposed to be physical and everyone is going to compete and everyone is going to fight for everything. But there's a code in this league, there's a code that players follow. Where you never put a guy's season or career in jeopardy. Like taking somebody out in midair and clubbing them across the head, and ultimately fracturing Gary's elbow. You don’t hit a guy when he’s in midair, club him and break his elbow. That’s where the line is."
Dillon Brooks has recently responded to Steve Kerr's negative comments about him, claiming that the doesn't "even really know" what "code" Steve Kerr is referring to. He also pointed out that in the playoffs "every play counts".
“I don’t even really know what that means. It’s the playoffs… every play counts. So I don’t know what that means.”
There is no doubt that the Dillon Brooks foul was unnecessary and excessive, and he was suspended for Game 3 as a result. He should be back for Game 4, and hopefully, he avoids doing anything of that nature during the game.
This whole series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors has been very physical as a whole, but it's unfortunate that some plays have resulted in injury. Gary Payton II will be out for a while, but let's hope that he can recover as soon as possible and re-join the Warriors on their quest for a championship.