Warriors coach Steve Kerr

Warriors coach Steve Kerr has vigorously criticized Dillon Brooks’ move on Gary Payton II.

“I don’t know if it was intentional, but it was dirty,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Dillon Brooks’ foul on Gary Payton II, who suffered a fractured left elbow, Tuesday in the loss in Memphis.

“Basketball in the playoffs is supposed to be physical; everyone has to fight. Everyone has to fight for everything.

But players follow a code in this league: you never put a guy’s season or career in danger, mowing him down in mid-flight and hitting him on the head, only to fracture his elbow ultimately,” Kerr said bitterly.

“Dillon Brooks broke that code. That’s how I see it,” he added.

The Grizzlies player, who tied the game with a 106-101 victory, carried by their phenomenon Ja Morant author of 47 points, was excluded immediately after his gesture, as violent as dangerous, occurred at the beginning of the game.

He risks a suspension of one or more games if the NBA deems that a sanction is appropriate to measure the severity of the injury caused.

Suppose he has to go through an MRI on Wednesday to assess the ligament condition of his fractured elbow. In that case, it is already a given that Payton II will not play again this season, regardless of the Warriors’ background.

Last year, the 29-year-old point guard joined Golden State from Canada’s Raptors 905, playing in the G League, the NBA’s antechamber.

“He’s a guy who has worked hard to make a name for himself in recent years in this league, who finally found a home and was playing like crazy this year,” Kerr said.

“The playoffs, it had to be the moment of his life. And a guy comes in and hits him on the head in mid-flight,” he said.

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