Mark Jackson equates flagrant fouls by Draymond, Dillon Brooks

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Former head Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson gestures as he complains to a referee.

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Discussion of Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks’ dirty foul in Game 2, which caused Golden State Warriors guard Gary Payton II to fracture his elbow, made its way into Saturday’s Game 3 playoffs broadcast too.

In the first quarter, play-by-play man Mike Breen asked his co-announcers, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, for their thoughts on the Brooks flagrant foul. Former Dubs coach Mark Jackson used to opportunity to equate what happened to Payton II with what happened between Draymond Green and Memphis big man Brandon Clarke in Game 1. 

“I would make the case that in Game 1, Draymond Green’s foul meets the same criteria” as the Brooks foul, Jackson said. An incredulous Breen asked Jackson if he really thought Green’s foul was “as harsh” as the Brooks foul, and Jackson affirmed that yes, he did.

Jackson’s take doesn’t have lots of supporters outside of Memphis. Green was controversially ejected in Game 1 after he slapped Clarke in the face and tugged him down to the ground by his jersey. Though both plays led to the same result — Brooks was also ejected with a flagrant 2 foul after his hit on Payton — it is a bit much to conclude that they’re as bad as one another. What Brooks did on a fast break, where he had no chance of catching up to Payton II, is not similar to Green being overly physical during a play under the basket. Additionally, NBA players weren’t calling out Brooks’ ejection on Twitter, which is what happened when Green was given the boot in Game 1.

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