Early in the first quarter at FedExForum, Warriors guard Gary Payton II He went up to throw the ball and had a clear path to the edge. Brooks came flying from behind to try to challenge him, but he missed the ball completely as it swung.
Instead, Brooks made direct contact with Payton’s head while in the air – sending him straight to the ground, where he landed awkwardly on his fully extended left arm.
Brooks was soon hit by a Flagrant 2 foul, which resulted in an automatic expulsion.
Payton stayed in the game for his free throw, which he split, and then left for the locker room to get X-rays of his left elbow. The team announced at the beginning of the second quarter that it would not return.
This is the second expulsion in only two games so far in the series. Draymond Green – World Health Organization He left the match just minutes later after a headshot – It was Kicked out of game 1 after being hit Brandon Clark at him before pulling him down from his shirt. that sent green media sermonas he appears to believe he received the egregious error 2 only because of his reputation.
Between Payton’s injury and Green’s brief departure, Warriors coach Steve Kerr wasn’t happy during his interview on TNT after the first quarter.
It wasn’t physical,” Kerr said. “That was filthy.”
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