The flagrant fouls are flying in the Memphis Grizzlies-Golden State Warriors second-round matchup.
Meanwhile, another hard foul occurred in the opening minutes of Game 2 on Tuesday night.
Many people were shocked by the foul – others were shocked by the response.
Steve Kerr just called the Grizzlies dirty. I call the Warriors soft.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 4, 2022
Following the foul, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr calls the Grizzlies “dirty” for the play.
On Twitter, Skip Bayless turned the tables and instead called the Warriors “soft.”
Is Bayless right or is he being dramatic yet again in his typical fashion?
Rewatching the foul committed by Brooks shows that it’s actually a pretty serious one.
Brooks was chasing down Payton from behind on a fast-break layup when he slapped the guard in the head.
Payton then fell hard and remained on the ground for several minutes.
While it wasn’t the harshest foul in the history of the NBA, it was definitely hard.
After X-rays on Payton’s elbow, it was determined that he now has a broken elbow.
That’s a serious injury and makes the flagrant foul call seem appropriate.
In other words, there is nothing “soft” about a broken elbow.
After the foul, Kerr could be heard screaming at Brooks from the courtside, yelling “Get the (expletive) out of here, Brooks!”
You can’t really blame him for the anger considering just how tough the injury is.
Bayless has the right to complain about fouls being called too often but it’s hard to deny this one was pretty serious.