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Gary Payton II breaks elbow on questionable foul by Dillon Brooks.

Gary Payton II breaks elbow on questionable foul by Dillon Brooks.

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  • Suns
May 05
SW Creative
  • SportsWriters

Golden State Warriors guard Gary Payton II will have an MRI Wednesday to further evaluate the injury he suffered after a flagrant foul by Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal series.

Payton underwent X-rays on his left elbow after the game, and it was determined he had sustained a broken left elbow.

How IT Happened

The play occurred in the first quarter while Payton was going up for a dunk. Brooks came from behind and hit Payton. The Warriors player hit the floor and seriously injured his elbow. Payton was diagnosed with a fractured elbow and may not return for rest of the playoffs.

What It Means For The Warriors

Payton’s injury will leave the Warriors without a major role player and defensive stalwart. Payton has played a major role in this series limiting Grizzlies leading scorer Ja Morant.  Ironically, Morant  tied his playoff career high with 47 points in Tuesday’s Game 2 win.

"kind of out of line in terms of a defenseless player going up on a layup, taking a huge windup, and everything bad that could have happened in that situation did."

- Stephen Curry

“He’s crushed, Six years toiling away in the league as I said the other night, in the spotlight, playing in the playoffs, playing a huge role, playing well. That’s all been taken away from him. We all feel terrible for Gary. He deserves better.”

- Steve Kerr

  • Gary Payton II

    Gary Dwayne Payton II is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association .

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  • Steve Kerr

    Stephen Douglas Kerr is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association .

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