Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks has come under fire after a series of crushing plays in an NBA playoff loss to the Golden State Warriors.
The Grizzlies, without injured All-Star guard Ja Morant, led the majority of Game 4 in San Francisco before the Warriors beat them 39-29 in the fourth quarter to secure a 101-98 victory and a 3- 1 in the best-of-seven series.
Brooks, who was suspended for Game 3 after a rough play on Warriors guard Gary Payton Jr, returned to the Grizzlies’ starting lineup but proved to be having a detrimental effect on his team.
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The 26-year-old finished the game with 12 points, but only made five of 19 field goal attempts while committing four turnovers. He finished the game with the second most shot attempts on the Grizzlies, behind Jaren Jackson Jr.’s 21.
As the Grizzlies looked to delay a fourth quarter comeback, Brooks took ill-advised jab after ill-advised jab, leaving those watching puzzled as to why Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins allowed him to record 39 minutes.
“I’m baffled that Taylor Jenkins played Dillon Brooks for 39 minutes,” Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer wrote.
“What’s the point of having such a deep bench if you leave a shooter there?” There were other options. Brooks made so many terrible picks and shots that helped the Grizzlies lose a winnable game.
O’Connor was far from the only one left stunned by Brooks’ play.
Stephen Curry converted eight free throws in the final 45.7 seconds on the way to 32 points, leading the Golden State Warriors’ comeback in the fourth quarter.
Curry also dished out eight assists and grabbed five rebounds as Golden State rallied to win without coach Steve Kerr after testing positive for COVID-19 less than two hours before the whistleblower.
Curry took matters into his own hands like he has so many times on the playoff stage and now his Warriors are a one-way win at the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2019. He the tied it at 90 on a base jumper with 3:25 left and his two free throws with 45.7 seconds left gave the Warriors a 94-93 lead, their first of the night.
Tyus Jones had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists in place of the injured Morant.
It was still unclear if Morant would be back for Game 5 on Thursday AEST in Memphis.
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