Dillon Brooks, playing on his 27th birthday, was unsure why he was called for a flagrant foul on the play by the officials. “They’re picking on me every night,” Brooks said. “Can’t play my game. Not letting me play physical enough. It’s every night, and I don’t appreciate it.” The Grizzlies lost their second consecutive game in a 112-110 decision to the Suns. Brooks had 10 points and five fouls.
Brooks later said he feels like he has a reputation. This is Brooks’ fourth consecutive season of averaging more than three personal fouls per game. He’s 10th in the NBA in fouls per game. If he had played enough games to qualify last season, he would have been top 10 in the NBA. He was second in the NBA in 2020 and 2021 in fouls per game.
The Pelicans had a chance to tie or take the lead multiple times in the final seconds. They got the ball down with 15.1 seconds left. Rookie Dyson Daniels inbounded the ball. He signaled for a timeout, but referee Billy Kennedy called a five-seconds violation, which gave the Heat possession of the ball.
Green said he thought Daniels signaled for timeout before the five seconds were up. “I didn’t necessarily get an explanation,” Green said. “I was too busy yelling at the referees. We all talked about it in the timeout that we know we have one timeout. If you can’t get it in, use it. I saw Dyson turn to him and call timeout.”
Jared Weiss: The NBA’s L2M report confirms the obvious that the jump ball at the end of the Celtics-Raptors game was incorrect. But the report also says they missed a foul by Achiuwa on the Pritchard turnover at half court that preceded it.
Andrew Lopez: Dyson Daniels says he felt like he called timeout. He said he went to Billy Kennedy and said “I looked you in the eye and called timeout.” Says he didn’t get a response. “I’m a rookie. I won’t get any talk,” he joked.