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Draymond Green, Who Was Suspended in the 2016 NBA Finals vs LeBron James’ Cavs, Reacts to Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks’ Suspension for Game 3

Published 05/06/2022, 7:00 AM EDT

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When it was announced that Dillon Brooks would be suspended for Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals, fans were treated to Draymond Green’s candid reaction. The Golden State Warriors forward was shooting for his podcast “The Draymond Green Show” when the news broke out. 

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“Breaking news. That is interesting, you get my live reaction,” Green said. “I think it’s legit. You get thrown out for a Flagrant 2 and, as I’ve said, clearly intent doesn’t matter anymore. Whether he was intentional or not doesn’t really matter to me. But the reality is, Gary Payton II is out for an extended period of time. It was a nasty fall, defenseless player, I get it. … I respect the accountability from the NBA.”


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Draymond also stated that, despite the suspension of Dillon Brooks, his team does not have a competitive edge. He still believes they have a challenging task ahead and must fight tough to shift the series in their favor. Green himself was notably suspended from Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals, which saw LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers rally back from a 3-1 deficit to win the championship. 

Brooks was tossed from Game 2 for a flagrant foul on Payton, who sustained a broken elbow because of the hit. The Memphis guard smacked Payton in the head from behind during a drive to the basket. The GSW guard landed hard on the floor and grabbed his left arm in immense pain before eventually exiting the game. 

Payton will be re-evaluated in the next two weeks, according to the Warriors. This came as encouraging news for the Warriors since their defensive stalwart can return if they go deeper into the playoffs.

In addition to Draymond Green, Steve Kerr also voiced his views

Steve Kerr lost it after the hard foul on Gary Payton. Following Brooks’ foul and dismissal, he was outraged and shouted at the Memphis bench, “Get the f*** out of here, Brooks!”

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Following Game 2, Kerr called out the Memphis guard for a “dirty” illegal play that hurt his player. He added that Brooks “broke the code” since players should never do anything that can jeopardize the career of another player. 


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Kerr also didn’t miss an opportunity to throw some shade at Brooks when asked how his side hopes to avoid things from getting out of hand in the upcoming games. 


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Kerr said “Just play hard, battle for every loose ball. Battle for every rebound. Compete every possession.” This seemed to be basic; however, the coach added, “And, you know, don’t risk a guy’s career if he’s ahead of the play in transition. That’s our mantra.”


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All of this might merely add gasoline to the flames. The fans are in for a massive feast as the series just got a lot better in what has already been a heated clash. 

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Written by:

Ritvik Malhotra


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Ritvik is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication from Amity University, Ritvik has finally got his foot in the door as a professional sports writer. He previously interned at another media house where he authored over 150 soccer articles, but he is now writing about his primary obsession, basketball.
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