SAN FRANCISCOGuard According to sources, Patyon is likely to miss around a month because of a fractured right elbow. Patyon may be back for the NBA Finals if the Warriors advance to the playoffs.
Payton was hurt whenWith 9:08 remaining in the first quarter, Payton was chased from behind by a fast-break layup. He hit the Warriors guard in his head in the air and took him down. Payton was unable to stand up and continued to fall for several minutes. Brooks was expelled after officials had reviewed the play.
Brooks could be suspended by the NBA. On Thursday, a decision is expected.
Steve Kerr, Warriors coach, said that although he didn't know if the code was intended, he believed it was. There is a code. This code is for players to follow, where you would never place a man's season. [or]He put Gary's career in peril by taking another person out of midair and hitting him across the head. He broke the code. Dillon Brooks broke it.”
After six years of bouncing around the league, Payton was enjoying a breakout season at Golden State. He won the starting nod in the Western Conference Semifinals..