SAN FRANCISCO – In what marked his first appearance since serving a one-game suspension for a Flagrant Foul 2 charge, Memphis Grizzlies keeper Dillon Brooks offered a mixture of remorse and defiance over the incident.
Brooks expressed regret that his mistake over Warriors guard Gary Payton II resulted in him suffering a fractured left elbow as well as torn ligaments, an injury Warriors estimate will omit it for at least two weeks.
“I didn’t want it to hurt anyone,” Brooks said. “If I had been able to take it back, I would have done it. But that is the past. “
However, Brooks did not agree with the criticism about his foul. Warriors coach Steve Kerr claimed Brooks “broke the code” after fouling Payton II from behind on a quick break by hitting him over the shoulder.
“No reaction. I don’t really know what that means, “Brooks said. “It’s a playoff. Every bucket, every basket and every game counts. So I didn’t understand what he meant by that. “
The reporter then offered context on what Kerr thought. Kerr disputed Brooks ’foul because it happened while Payton was already in the air. Brooks claimed he was “trying to play ball”.
“It’s a fast-paced game. Things are happening. Guys jump in the air and guys can compete in punches, ”Brooks said. “Sometimes a play takes place and you fall. He tried to support the fall with his hand. It’s a tough game. If I could bring him back, I would. But I can’t bring it back. “
Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins continued to describe striker Ja Moranta as “suspicious” after failing to take part in a morning shootout over pain in right knee, an injury that occurred at the end of their 3rd game defeat. Although Jenkins said Morant did an MRI, Jenkins did not offer any details about the results, the injury itself, or whether he finished warming up before the game. Morant attended the team’s morning competition in sweatshirts and sandals and left the field limping.
I’m here in slippers. He did not take part in the shooting. pic.twitter.com/joqQX3nJaY
– Drew Hill (@DrewHill_DM) May 9, 2022
Although Brooks shot just 3-for-16 against Golden State in Games 1 and 2 before being knocked out, Jenkins predicted Brooks would “be great for us” as he became a “tone adjuster” in defense.
Brooks will try to fulfill that job description in front of a hostile crowd of Warriors. He may also face an enemy opponent, admitting he has not spoken to Payton II or any other Warriors player to clear the air during the game.
“I like to be scouted,” Brooks said. “I love the guys against me, it moves me even more. Just stay on the book and focus on the game. I already know he will come. That doesn’t bother me. “
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