Point guard Darius Garland said of Grizzlies swingman Dillon Brooks, who cheap-shotted Donovan Mitchell in the groynes during Cleveland’s 128-113 victory, “We’re pretty decent young guys — unless you try to do some odd stuff like the fella did over there.” “Our group is tough.”
If you try to push us first, we have some guys who will come after you, and we’re going to fight back. We are not weak in any way. Even if we’re still just some dogs, we won’t submit to anyone, especially those guys over there. “Over here, we’re no sissies.”
With Cleveland Cavaliers ahead 81-76 at the 5:48 mark of the third quarter, Dillon Brooks missed a jumper and went down in the lane. He rolled onto Mitchell’s ankle as he lay on the ground, threw his arm back, and smacked Mitchell in the groyne as he stood over him after just getting the rebound.
Mitchell stumbled in pain and hurled the ball at Brooks in retaliation. Pushing and shoving broke out along the baseline in front of the Memphis bench after the two players eventually got up. Officials and players from both sides interfered as the altercation almost spilled into the audience, preventing any punches from being thrown.
After Being Punched in the Groyne by Dillon Brooks, Donovan Mitchell Refers to Him as a “Dirty Player”
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“In several senses, that was a cheap shot,” Bickerstaff remarked. “Occasionally, people misinterpret our generosity for weakness. We don’t have any of those arrogant, trash-talking, or inciting men. But our guys are strong both psychologically and physically. They don’t go backward because of their internal tenacity.” The best part of playing in the trenches is when it’s dirty and physically demanding. I believe our men have accepted it.
Mitchell referred to Dillon Brooks as a dirty player and demanded that the NBA take action against the Memphis guard’s boisterous antics after the All-Star guard of Cleveland Cavaliers was kicked in the groyne on Thursday during the Cavaliers’ 128-113 victory over the Grizzlies. Mitchell, who was sent off for throwing the ball at Brooks in the third quarter, said, “That’s just how he is.” ” In this league, we’ve seen it from him a lot of times. We have been fighting internally for years.”
“That is not appropriate for the game.” Between me and other league players, this has been a simmering issue for years. Everybody can see it. It is not brand new. Following Mitchell’s dismissal, Darius Garland led Cleveland with 32 points as the Cavaliers handed the Memphis Grizzlies their seventh loss in eight games.
Darius Garland was one of a number of players who had seasons worthy of an All-Star but were overlooked by the coaches for a reserve position in the Eastern Conference. He helped the Cavaliers bounce back from their humiliating loss to Miami on Tuesday night by providing 11 assists. He was terrific, according to Cleveland Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff. He was aware of the game’s importance to us and what was expected of him. That is what leaders do.
Brooks Missed a Shot and Went Down in the Lane
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The previous week, Mitchell had been selected to start the All-Star game. However, in the third quarter, Mitchell collided with Dillon Brooks beneath the basket and was ejected from the contest. Brooks received the same treatment.
Dillon Brooks missed a shot and went down in the lane while the Cavaliers were up, 81-76. He flung his arm back and, standing over him, Mitchell, who was on the ground, was struck in the groin. When Mitchell collapsed to the ground in pain, he returned by shooting Brooks with the ball before chasing after him and pushing him in front of the Memphis bench along the baseline.
The altercation threatened to spill into the stands, but officials and players were able to keep it under control before any punches were thrown. The threat of future sanctions from the league exists, and Mitchell thinks that they are justified for Dillon Brooks.
“There should be something,” he said. “Donovan’s issue is not the only one here.” This has actually occurred to other players in this league; it’s a reality (expletive). This is allowed because basketball includes a lot of trash talk. All of us grew up playing in this manner.