Dillon Brooks expresses his regret for the error that caused the injury of Gary Payton II

Memphis guard Dillon Brooks is ready to return to the floor for Game 4 in San Francisco tonight.

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San Francisco — In what marked his first appearance since serving a one-game suspension for his Flagrant Falls 2 collection, Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks delivered a mixture of regret and defiance surrounding the incident.

Brooks lamented that his foul on Warriors guard Gary Payton II resulted in him breaking his left elbow as well as rupturing his ligaments, an injury the Warriors estimate will sideline him for at least two weeks.

“I didn’t mean to hurt anyone,” Brooks said. “If I was able to get it back, I would. But that is in the past.”

However, Brooks disagreed with the criticism surrounding his error. Warriors coach Steve Kerr argued that Brooks “broke the blade” after causing Payton to spoil second from behind in a quick corner kick by hitting him over the shoulders.

“No reaction. I don’t really know what that means,” Brooks said. “It’s the playoffs. Every bucket, every basket and every toy counts. So, I didn’t understand what he meant by that.”

Then a reporter provided context for what Kerr meant. Kerr objected to Brooks’ error because it happened while Payton was already in the air. Brooks confirmed that he was “trying to play on the ball.”

“It’s a fast-paced game. Stuff happens. Guys are jumping in the air and players can compete in shots,” Brooks said. “Sometimes the play unfolds, and you fall. He tried to prepare for his fall with his arm. It’s a tough play. If I can get it back, I will. But I can’t get it back.”

With the Warriors holding the 2-1 lead, the Grizzlies welcome Brooks back to Game 4 on Monday (10 p.m. ET, TNT) for various reasons.

Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins still calls points guard Ja Morant “doubtful” after not taking part in the morning shooting due to right knee soreness, an injury that occurred at the end of their third game loss. Although Jenkins said Morant underwent an MRI, Jenkins did not provide any details about the results, the injury itself, or whether he had completed a pre-game warm-up. Morant attended the team’s morning shootout in sweats and sandals and walked off the field limping.

Although Brooks only fired 3 for 16 against Golden State in games 1 and 2 before he was sent off, Jenkins predicted that Brooks would “be huge for us” as he became a defensive “tone maker”.

Brooks will attempt to fulfill this job description in front of a crowd of hostile warriors. He may also face a hostile opponent, admitting that he did not speak to Payton II or any other Warriors player to clear the air during the play.

“I love getting booed,” Brooks said. “I like guys against me, and it makes me go more. Just stay on the rules of the game and focus on the game. I already know he’s coming. It doesn’t bother me.”

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Mark Medina is a senior writer and analyst for NBA.com. You can email him, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter.

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