Warriors' Stephen Curry Says Dillon Brooks' Foul 'Was Kind of Out of Line'May 4, 2022
Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry said Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks was "kind of out of line" when he fouled Dubs guard Gary Payton II from behind and caused him to suffer a fractured elbow during Tuesday night's game.
The hard foul, which was called a flagrant-2 upon review and led to Brooks' ejection, happened just three minutes into Game 2 of the second-round playoff series.
"It was kind of out of line in terms of a defenseless player going up for the layup and taking a huge windup," Curry told reporters. "Everything bad that could have happened in that situation did. Knocked him out of the game."
The two-time NBA MVP also appeared to take a subtle shot at the officials' decision to eject teammate Draymond Green in Game 1 when comparing the two fouls.
"Talk about flagrant-2s...it was definitely one of those," Curry said.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, who played 15 NBA seasons, added Brooks broke one of the sport's most important unwritten rules with the hard, high challenge from behind.
"I don't know if it was intentional, but it was dirty," Kerr said. "There is a code. This code that players follow where you never put a guy's season [or] career in jeopardy by taking somebody out in midair and clubbing him across the head, ultimately fracturing Gary's elbow. ... He broke the code. Dillon Brooks broke the code."
The NBA hasn't announced whether Brooks will face any additional discipline.
Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins didn't want to delve too much into the situation after his team's 106-101 win that leveled the series at one game apiece.
"They reviewed it," Jenkins said. "They made their judgment, obviously [Brooks] made contact to the head. So going to trust what the refs did."
Last week, Memphis' third-year coach was fined $15,000 for public criticism of officials during the team's first-round series against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
As for the game itself, Ja Morant took over with 47 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals in 41 minutes. No other Grizzlies player scored more than 14 points.
Curry led the way for Golden State with 27 points, while Jordan Poole continued his breakout stretch with 20 points off the bench.
Game 3 of the physical series is set for Saturday night at Chase Center in San Francisco.