Grizzlies’ Jenkins pushes back on idea his team plays dirty
“I don’t know if it was intentional, but it was dirty... But there’s a code in this league, there’s a code that players follow where you never put a guy’s season/career in jeopardy by taking somebody out in mid-air and clubbing him across the head, ultimately fracturing Gary’s elbow... He broke the code. Dillon Brooks broke the code. That’s how I see it.”
That was Warriors coach Steve Kerr calling the flagrant foul from Brooks on Payton in Game 2 dirty, a foul that left Payton with a fractured elbow that will have him out until at least the NBA Finals (if the Warriors make it). The league gave Brooks a one-game suspension.
Grizzlies coach Tyler Jenkins pushed back on the idea his team is dirty, speaking to Drew Hill of The Daily Memphian.
Three things all can be true at once: 1) That was a dirty hit by Brooks on Payton; 2) Brooks is not a dirty player, that was an isolated incident and not part of a pattern of behavior; 3) The Grizzlies are not a dirty team.
Good players and good teams can have lapses in judgment. Brooks did that and will pay the going price in Adam Silver’s NBA for such actions (the prices were steeper in the David Stern era).
The Grizzlies need to maintain that physicality and intensity in Game 3 Saturday because the Warriors are not going to shoot 18.4% from 3 again this series.