Originally translated from: CBS Sports
Written by Brad Botkin
原标题：Draymond Green's suspension will lose all credibility if Dillon Brooks doesn't receive the same punishment
If the NBA wants to maintain a shrug of credibility that makes it reasonable to break the rules and ban the game, then the Grizzlies' fourth game against the Lakers will be played without Dillon Brooks.
Dillon has a long history
Why do you say that? Because Dillon punched James in the groin in the third showdown, he was expelled on the spot. A second-degree malicious foul does not equate to an automatic suspension for one game, but it sets a precedent when the league publicly announced that the punishment for Chasing Dream was "based in part on his history of unsportsmanlike behavior." That is, players with previous convictions are subject to different penalties, even similar or even the same behavior, and will be punished differently than those with cleaner reputations.
Dillon's reputation is not clean at all, and he is widely regarded as a player with a dirty playing style. The numbers back it up, Dillon led the league with 18 technical fouls this season and he had two malicious fouls, which doesn't sound like much, but no one in the entire league has more than three.
Moreover, Dillon's attack on James' crotch was ejected for the sixth time in his career and the second in his playoff career. He also became the first person in Grizzlies history to be ejected multiple times in the playoffs, and last season, Dillon fouled Peyton Jr. in the playoff against the Warriors, and suffered a second-degree malicious foul, which was also expelled on the spot.
The ban sets a precedent for chasing dreams
In this series, Dillon has been mocking James in front of the media, and if the league considers wanting to create a topic, increase ratings, and can't help Dillon, then the suspension of Dreams is an overreaction and looks like a more unreasonable judgment.
Dillon's behavior itself, like little Sabonis holding the leg of Chasing Dream, who lost his balance and stepped on the ribs of Little Sa, probably should not be expelled on the spot. You can understand that James was dribbling behind his back and he was stealing the ball, but you can also say that Dillon using the back of his hand to grab the ball is not a natural way to steal.
Either way, the league must take into account Dillon's past history. Because, the league has already done this when it is banned to chase dreams.
Double standards will lose credibility
There have also been recent examples of hitting opponents in the groin, where both Harden and Embiid have suffered malicious fouls, and Embiid ended up only awarding a first-degree malicious foul, which is a rather ridiculous decision. In fact, consistency in the awarding of penalties in NBA games has always been an issue. Because, Harden made a lighter move than Embiid in the same game, but he suffered a second-degree malicious foul and was directly ejected.
However, Harden was not suspended for this, of course, on the grounds that he had no previous convictions, but Dillon was not.
The league has set a precedent in chasing dreams with suspensions, and there are different penalties for players with ex-convictions, according to which Dillon should not escape the ban unless you try to make the suspended Green look more stupid.
At present, the Grizzlies are already worried that Dillon will be suspended, and the Grizzlies players are creating public pressure after the game, Bain said, "Harden has had a similar situation before, but he has not been suspended, so I don't think Dillon will be suspended." As for the Lakers, James said, "I'm not a member of the league's decision-making committee. So whether he plays or not, I'll be ready. Looking forward to the challenges that the next game will bring. ”