May 3, 2022; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks (24) walks off the court after a flagrant two foul was call on him during the first half in game two of the second round for the 2022 NBA playoffs against the Golden State Warriors at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

The second-round playoff matchup between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors has been extremely chippy to this point.

Game 2 of the series on Tuesday night saw Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks get ejected after being assessed a flagrant-2 foul on what Warriors fans saw as a dirty play when Brooks came in wildly to attempt to block a layup attempt from guard Gary Payton II.

Many around the Warriors were outraged by this play considering Payton got seriously injured. He ended up with a fractured elbow and his hopes at a return in the playoffs are looking very doubtful.

Head coach Steve Kerr called out Brooks following the game, calling the play “dirty” and that Brooks “broke the code” with the foul.

This foul had many around the NBA wondering if there were going to be further punishments handed down by the league, and we now have a clearer picture ahead of Saturday’s Game 3 matchup.

The NBA has announced that Brooks will be suspended for Game 3.

This news has shifted the odds on the game, making the Warriors go from a 6.5-point home favorite to a 7.5-point favorite according to WynnBet.

Given that the series is tied up at 1-1, it is definitely a big blow to the Grizzlies, who will be without one of their top role players in what could be a pivotal game that decides the series.

The series has seen two players ejected in back-to-back games with Draymond Green getting tossed in Game 1, so look for the referees calling Game 3 to try and keep things in line early and often.

[Chris Haynes]

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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.