Dillon Brooks with Luka Doncic Dec 8, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) and Memphis Grizzles guard Dillon Brooks (24) talk during a free throw during the second half at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks has made a reputation for himself this year for being an agitator toward opposing teams. His actions in Monday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks will not help things.

Mavericks stars Luka Dončić and Kyrie Irving were inactive for Monday’s contest while nursing nagging injuries. That didn’t stop Brooks from utterly getting under their skin from the bench.

Brooks hit a three-point shot in the third quarter to give the Grizzlies a 76-65 lead in the third quarter. After making the shot, he blew a kiss to the Mavericks’ bench and crowd.

Dončić very clearly did not appreciate this, smirking and shaking his head on the bench as Brooks continued celebrating the shot. Many around the NBA world took notice of this moment and offered their opinion on social media.

Brooks has not been shy about blasting both Dončić and Irving in recent days. This game was the second of back-to-back games between the two teams. When asked about Dončić’s injury before their first game, Brooks certainly did not mince words about the Mavericks star.

“It goes to show that sometimes they ain’t ready to come back to a physical game,” said Brooks via Damichael Cole of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis.

Brooks also has had a history with Irving and spoke about that before their first game.

“He had a couple of words for me in Brooklyn, so I can’t wait to pick him up full every time and see him get exhausted,” said Brooks via ESPN’s Tim MacMahon on hoping that Kyrie played in the game.

This is, of course, not the first time that Brooks has upset an NBA star. He has recently had a ton of back-and-forth trash talk with Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green, which resulted in a dust-up on the court earlier this month.

Brooks has played the heel role perfectly for the Grizzlies, and getting under the other team’s skin may be a great strategy at this point. The Grizzlies got their second straight win over the Mavericks on Monday night.

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Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.