When Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks seriously fouled Warriors goaltender Gary Payton II in an eventual 106-101 victory in Game 2 at Memphis, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said had harsh words for the game.
“There is a code that players follow,” Kerr said at the time. “Dillon Brooks broke the code.” Payton fractured his elbow and is expected to miss three to five weeks. Brooks was then suspended.
Now that the shoe is potentially on the other foot, Basketball News’ Alex Kennedy wonders if the code was broken again in Game 3, a 142-112 Warriors win. Warriors guard Jordan Poole grabbed Grizzlies All-Star point guard Ja Morant’s right knee during a play, and Morant then left the contest with an apparent injury. Morant first tweeted a video of Poole’s fault, while quoting Kerr’s “breaking the code” comment. Morant has since deleted that post.
“I don’t have a hold,” Kerr said of the interaction, by Mark Medina of NBA.com. “There is nothing to comment on.”
There are more of the Southwest Division:
- Grizzlies center Steven Adams deserves to return to Memphis’ starting lineup, believes Damichael Cole of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Although the more athletic and switchable Xavier Tillman has supplanted Adams at center in the Grizzlies’ last six contests, Cole believes Adams’ rebound will be key for Memphis against the smaller Warriors. The burly big man is also excellent at the kinds of small parts that may not show up in box scores, such as devastating showmanship.
- The New Orleans Pelicans face a variety of intriguing roster-building decisions to make in their offseason. The Athletic’s Will Guillory discusses various issues for New Orleans this summer, including potential extensions for new additions CJ McCollum and Larry Nance Jr., the Pelicans’ future at point guard, the fate of Jaxson Hayes, and more. Part 1 of his Pelicans offseason series was linked here.
- Dallas Mavericks All-Star guard Luka Doncic showed a lot of muscle in the playoffs, leading Dallas to its first second-round appearance in 11 years. USA Today’s Cydney Henderson writes that Doncic proved himself by winning both a EuroLeague title and EuroLeague MVP in 2018, before coming to the United States in the NBA Draft. He’s been training his whole life for this moment. Henderson notes that Doncic has been playing basketball since he was seven months old. His father Sasa Doncic was a pro in various European leagues. “I played basketball because (my dad) played basketball,” Doncic said. “I was always with him on the court. Always at games, just shooting basketballs.