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Dillon Brooks ejected, Gary Payton II leaves with injury

May 3, 2022; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks (24) walks off the court after a flagrant two foul was call on him during the first half in game two of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis’ Dillon Brooks was issued a Flagrant foul 2 and ejected while Golden State’s Gary Payton II was injured in a rough start to Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Warriors and the host Grizzlies on Tuesday night.

Brooks wound up and slugged Payton across the head on a layup attempt, incurring the ejection at 9:08 of the first quarter. Payton landed awkwardly on the play and left with an apparent arm injury.

Payton made 1 of 2 free throws but left for the locker room afterward. He was ruled out for the rest of the game after having X-rays. He scored one point in three minutes.

In addition, Warriors forward Draymond Green required stitches on his face after he was hit by an elbow. He returned to the court with a swollen eye to start the second quarter.

No foul was called on that play.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr called the plays “dirty” during an on-court interview with TNT.

Brooks went 0-for-3 from the field and had a steal before the ejection.

–Field Level Media