In the first round of the NBA playoffs in the West, the Lakers played Grizzlies at home and Morant came back. This was the third game of the series. Before that, the two sides tied 1-1, with the Lakers leading by 29 points at most in the first half and 16 points at the end of the first half. At the beginning of the third quarter, Dillon Brooks, who constantly challenged James, was expelled because he hit James in the crotch.
At the beginning of the third quarter, James attacked with the ball and dribbled the ball behind the backcourt. Tommy Tam came up with one hand and reached the crotch. James fell to the ground in great pain and stood up with a cold sweat. The referee went to watch the replay. Tommy Tam fouled in the second degree and was expelled directly. The Lakers fans cheered at the scene and James got a chance to make two free throws.
Brooks felt very wronged after being expelled. This is the sixth time in his career and the second time in his playoff career. Public opinion hotly debated that Dillon Brooks was too dirty. It was understandable to provoke James with words before. Now it is really unacceptable to face James, who is 38 years old, and it is reasonable to be expelled. There are also many fans calling for an additional ban on Tommy Tam.
This scene is also reminiscent of G3 of 76ers VS Nets. Harden also made an action to hit his opponent. At that time, Harden was blown for a second-class malicious foul and was expelled directly. Unlike Harden, the offensive end didn’t pay attention to hitting his opponent O ‘Neill. This time Dillon Brooks was maliciously hit and was directly expelled.
Fortunately, James was not affected, and his hands were buckled afterwards, which was quite domineering. I also hope that similar fouls will not occur. Players should pay attention to their own behavior and ensure that neither themselves nor their opponents will foul.