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Dillon Brooks suspended for Game 3

The Grizzlies will be going into San Francisco without its primary perimeter defender.

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After Dillon Brooks’ flagrant-2 foul on Golden State Warriors guard Gary Payton II, and after the news that Payton fractured his elbow, it was inevitable for the NBA to suspend him. From a precedent standpoint, the NBA suspended Grayson Allen for a game for a similar action that led to Alex Caruso fracturing his wrist earlier this calendar year.

That suspicion came to reality Thursday afternoon.

With Brooks out for Game 3, the Memphis Grizzlies will be entering the Chase Center without their primary Stephen Curry defender. That responsibility will likely go to rookie Ziaire Williams — who had a big-time outing in Game 2 — and he’ll presumably fill in the starting lineup in his place as well.

It’s a shame that the phenomenal, back-and-forth series has been overshadowed by flagrant fouls. Nonetheless, it was a reckless play, and the NBA needs to do what’s best to protect its players.

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