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#pounditSaturday, June 15, 2024

Dillon Brooks ejected for nailing LeBron James in nuts

LeBron James down on the ground

The highly-anticipated matchup between LeBron James and Dillon Brooks on Saturday night fizzled out very quickly.

Brooks trash-talked James after the Memphis Grizzlies won Game 2 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers. He said that James was too old to put up a big game against Memphis.

Fast forward to Saturday in Los Angeles, and the Grizzlies had a brutal first quarter where they fell behind 35-9. They were down 53-37 at the half, and things got worse when the third quarter started.

Brooks nailed James in the groin while trying to poke a ball out behind the Lakers star 17 seconds into the start of the third quarter.

Here is a close-up view:

The officials deemed Brooks’ actions excessive and unnecessary and gave him a flagrant-2 foul, triggering an automatic ejection. Brooks was 3/13 for 7 points before being tossed.

Brooks talked a big game going into Game 3 and he went out with a whimper. What a disappointment all around (unless you’re a Lakers fan).


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