The Grizzlies advanced to their next faceoff with increased vigour after winning Game 2, but ultimately disappointed Memphis supporters. Following their 111-101 victory over Ja Morant's Grizzlies, King James' Lakers now lead the game 2-1.
Dillon Brooks made an effort to provoke LeBron James hours before Game 3 against the Lakers, even going so far as to refer to him as "old." However, the Lakers quickly silenced him with yet another victory, putting an end to his rant. When the game was finished, Brooks opted not to discuss his thoughts on it, but he did not hold back from saying something inflammatory. Brooks said: "The media making me a villain, the fans making me a villain, that just creates another persona on me."
Brooks evades suspension
Following the conclusion of Game 3, online rumours about Brooks' likely punishment started to circulate. Soon after, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN announced the league's ultimate choice. After considering the situation, the league opted against suspending Brooks or applying any more penalties.