Dillon Brooks had an eventful evening on Sunday night as the Houston Rockets fell to the Milwaukee Bucks, 128-119. The controversial forward was unable to finish the game after being ejected in the final minute of the fourth quarter for a profanity-laced tirade against a game official.
That wasn’t the only incident Brooks was involved in during the game.
Milwaukee Bucks’ Pat Connaughton Catches Nasty Elbow Form Dillon Brooks
At one point in the third quarter, Bucks swingman Pat Connaughton felt the full wrath of Brooks’ elbow. Connaughton, who was playing in just his second game back following a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to an ankle injury, immediately hit the deck after taking an elbow right on the face:
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The good news is that Connaughton was able to eventually return to the game after the incident. The last thing Bucks fans want to see right now is the 30-year-old veteran going down again with another injury. Fortunately, this wasn’t the case on Sunday night.
“It’s the only way to come back, it’s the only to come back,” Connaughton said, smiling (h/t Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). “By the way it’s one of the harder ones I’ve taken. To be honest with you I couldn’t tell (if it was a basketball play). I just knew I got hit hard. I don’t really know how flagrant fouls work nowadays anyway. Everything can be considered a basketball play or not a basketball play, it all depends whose eyes you’re looking through.”
Connaughton Spills on Exchange With Dillon Brooks
Connaughton and Brooks were seen exchanging words later in the game, which apparently, was nothing more than some friendly banter:
“But yeah, I got hit. I joked with him afterwards,” Connaughton continued. “I said you got pads on that arm sleeve but it ain’t workin.'”
The consolation prize for Connaughton here is that his effort was not wasted in vain. While Brooks’ basket was initially counted, the game officials eventually overturned the call to penalize the Rockets forward with an offensive foul:
“A replay was triggered immediately to stop play to see whether a hostile act was not part of the natural basketball play,” crew chief Bill Kennedy said in the pool report. “During the review though we observed that Brooks made an illegal act on Connaughton while attempting to swim over and score the basketball. We penalized Brooks for the illegal contact thus disallowing the scored basket.”
You can always count on Dillon Brooks to be involved in these types of incidents on a seemingly nightly basis.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Dillon Brooks is set to earn a base salary of 22,627,671 for the 2023−24 season with the Memphis Grizzlies. His contract guarantees equal pay throughout its duration, aligning with his over all annual average salary of about 21.5 million.
Dillon Brooks is renowned for his significant impact in basketball, notably setting a single-game scoring record for a Canadian player at the World Cup with 39 points. His exceptional defensive skills also earned him the title of Best Defensive Player of the tournament by FIBA, highlighting his all-around talent on the court.
Dillon Brooks was traded to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Josh Christopher as part of a larger five-team deal involving the Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Los Angeles Clippers. This transaction revamped the rosters significantly for the teams involved.