Brooks: ‘Didn’t mean’ to injure Warriors’ Payton

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SAN FRANCISCO — Memphis Grizzlies forward Dillon Brooks said he would take back his flagrant foul 2 that broke Gary Payton II’s elbow if he could.

In his first comments since his ejection in the opening minutes of Game 2 and his suspension for Game 3, Brooks said he did not mean to injure the Golden State guard.

“It’s in the past,” Brooks said after the Grizzlies’ shootaround before Game 4. “I didn’t mean for it to hurt somebody. If I were to take it back in a moment, I would. But it’s in the past.”

Brooks also said he did not understand what Steve Kerr meant when the Golden State head coach said Brooks “broke the code” by fouling an airborne Payton, hitting him in the head and injuring him.

Payton will be out for at least two weeks with the fractured left elbow.

“No reaction,” Brooks said when asked what he thought of Kerr’s pointed comments. “I don’t really even know what that means. It’s the playoffs. Every bucket, every possession, every play counts. So I didn’t understand what he meant by that.”

Brooks added: “I was trying to make a play on the ball. And he was running full speed, I jumped and he adjusted.”

Brooks knew going into Game 4 that he likely would be Public Enemy No. 1 with Warriors fans.

“I like getting booed,” he said. “I like guys against me. It gets me going even more.”

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