Okay, possibly very chippy.
With beneath six minutes remaining within the third quarter, Grizzlies ahead Dillon Brooks drove the lane and obtained to the rim, however his contested layup was nicely off beam. As each Brooks and the basketball crashed to the ground, the Memphis ahead obtained snarled with Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell.
That’s when Brooks’ frustration maybe obtained the higher of him. The ahead chopped at Mitchell along with his left hand, catching the Cleveland guard in a delicate space.
A really delicate space:
As you’ll be able to see from this replay angle, Brooks catches Mitchell squarely within the giblets along with his left hand. Mitchell, as you may count on, took exception to the transfer, firing the ball at Brooks earlier than getting again to his ft and shoving the Memphis participant:
That’s when the benches emptied, and tempers boiled over. Within the ensuing fracas, two members of the Memphis workers got here off the bench, restraining Brooks in an effort to stop the state of affairs from escalating additional:
What may clarify Mitchell’s frustration, aside from, nicely, getting hit the place he did is the truth that the Cleveland guard is working his method again from a groin harm. So, taking a shot to the person area might be not how he needed to spend his Thursday evening.
Issues finally calmed down, however each Mitchell and Brooks have been ejected.
As order was restored, TNT play-by-play announcer Kevin Harlan supplied this second of levity: