The Golden State Warriors suffered a blow when Gary Payton II had to leave Game 2 of their second-round series against the Memphis Grizzlies. It was the start of the game and Dillon Brooks made a heavy foul on the defensive specialist, which resulted in a broken elbow.
Payton will be out for several weeks, leaving the Warriors without one of their most valuable players on the court. A lot has been said about it, but Dubs Nation isn’t done yet. They fired on Brooks for his actions against Payton, specifically Steve Kerr.
The former shot-stopper is quite upset after losing one of the most important players in his rotation. He took a few hits from Brooks and probably won’t stop until the end of the series. When asked how GP2 felt, Kerr didn’t hold back.
“He’s disappointed. He’s got a huge arm brace and he’s going to be out for a long time,” Kerr said, via Kerith Burke. “Six years of hard work in the league, (now) playing a huge role, playing well. All of that has been taken away from him.”
Kerr is using this situation to fuel his team, and it remains to be seen if that works. The Grizzlies now travel to San Francisco for Games 3 and 4 of this series. They won’t have Brooks for Game 1 because he was suspended by the league.
The environment will be hostile for the Grizzlies. This series has been pretty intense from the start, as Draymond Green was also ejected in Game 1 after a flagrant foul on Brandon Clarke. These two teams are fighting to make it to WCF and it’s pretty clear that they will do anything to win.