Warriors' Steve Kerr Rips Grizzlies for 'Dirty' Play in Game 2

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVMay 4, 2022

MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 3: NBA referee Eric Lewis #42 and Head Coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors look on during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game 2 of the 2022 NBA Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals on May 3, 2022 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr didn't hold back when discussing the Memphis Grizzlies' tactics early in Game 2 of their Western Conference Semifinal series Tuesday at FedExForum.

During Kerr's on-court interview after the first quarter, he said of Memphis' play, "That wasn't physical, that was dirty."

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"That wasn't physical, that was dirty."<br><br>Coach Kerr gave his thoughts on some of the Grizzlies' hard fouls in the 1st quarter <a href="https://t.co/wIlQzbSQqx">pic.twitter.com/wIlQzbSQqx</a>

A high level of physicality is expected in the playoffs, but Kerr wasn't happy with what he saw in the opening frame.

The Warriors announced that Draymond Green required stitches for a laceration around his right eye. Green was temporarily taken out of the contest after catching an elbow from Xavier Tillman.

Gary Payton II, meanwhile, was unable to return after suffering a left elbow injury. Dillon Brooks earned a flagrant-2 foul when made contact with Payton's head and knocked the Warriors guard into the basket stanchion.

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Golden State had to overcome a level of adversity to win Game 1, as Green was ejected with 1:18 left in the second quarter. Game 2 presented another challenge for Golden State, and an eventual loss as Memphis would pull out a 106-101 win Tuesday night.

The injury to Payton will also be costly. The 29-year-old was a valuable role player in the regular season, averaging 7.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists. He basically equaled that production (7.0 PTS, 3.5 REB, 1.5 AST) in the team's first five playoff games.