Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry sound off on Dillon Brooks' 'dirty play' on Gary Payton ll

Payton was ruled out for the remainder of Game 2 after going down less than three minutes into Game 2.

by Dzevad Mesic
Steve Kerr, Stephen Curry sound off on Dillon Brooks' 'dirty play' on Gary Payton ll

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr wasn't happy at all about the play Dillon Brooks made on Gary Payton II, describing it as a dirty play and something you don't do in the NBA. With just over nine minutes left to play in the first quarter, Payton was heading toward the basket on a fast-break layup when he was hit in the head while still in the air.

Payton went down on the floor hard and it took him several minutes to recollect himself. The officials reviewed the play and Brooks was tossed. Payton was unable to continue the game and after the game the Warriors announced the guard sustained a fractured left elbow.

"I don't know if it was intentional, but it was dirty," Kerr said after the game, per ESPN. "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."

Stephen Curry agrees with Kerr

Brooks was ejected from the game but the Warriors also lost a starter as Payton was shortly after ruled out for the remainder of the game. "It was kind of out of line in terms of a defenseless player going up for the layup and taking a huge windup," Curry said.

"Everything bad that could have happened in that situation did. Knocked him out of the game." Just moments after the game resumed, Draymond Green was hit hard and had to be examinated in the locker room. While Green was heading toward the locker room, Green was caught flipping off the Memphis crowd.

"You gonna boo someone who was elbowed in the eye and face is running with blood, you should get flipped off," Green said. "I'll take the fine. I'll do an appearance and make up the money. It felt really good to flip them off.

... If they are going to be that nasty, I will be nasty too. I'm assuming the cheers were because they know I'll be fined. Great -- I make $25 million a year. I should be just fine." It was a tough night for the Warriors as the Grizzlies won 106-101 to level the series to 1-1.

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