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Grizzlies’ Brooks regrets injuring Warriors’ Payton

Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks says he did not mean to injure Golden State Warriors guard Gary Payton ii when he committed a flagrant foul.

Gidget Alikpala
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Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks says he did not mean to injure Golden State Warriors guard Gary Payton ii when he committed a flagrant foul.
Brad RempelUSA TODAY Sports

Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks has expressed regret after a flagrant foul he committed against Gary Payton II caused the guard to break his elbow. Brooks said he didn’t mean to hurt him.

If I were to take it back in a moment, I would. But it’s in the past,” he said.

Dillon Brooks: Ejected and suspended

Brooks was slapped with a flagrant foul 2 and was thrown out of the game after he hit Payton in the head while he was in the air, causing him to fall to the floor and fracture his left elbow. The 29-year-old will be sidelined for at least two weeks due to the injury.

Brooks received a lot of flak after the incident, with Warriors superstar Stephen Curry calling the play “out of line”. Golden State head coach Steve Kerr said he “broke the code” by committing such a hard foul.

The NBA suspended Brooks without pay for Game 3 of the semifinal round of the playoff series between the Grizzlies and the Warriors.

The 26-year-old has recorded an average of 13.4 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists over eight games, and put up 20 points in three of the games between Memphis and the Minnesota Timberwolves in the opening round of the playoffs

Grizzlies vs. Warriors: A physical semifinal round

The Grizzlies and the Warriors have been playing exceedingly physical games in the series. Memphis rising star Ja Morant injured his knee in Game 3 when Golden State guard Jordan Poole held on to his leg, and will be out for Game 4. In Game 2, Warriors forward Draymond Green sustained an injury above his eye that required stitches.

The Memphis Grizzlies face the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the semifinal round at Chase Center in San Francisco. They trail the hosts 1-2.

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