Donovan Mitchell and Dillon Brooks getting into a heated batter have social media buzzing. NBA fans must certainly be aware of what happened by now. Donovan and the Cavs were hosting Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks, and the Memphis Grizzlies for an NBA regular season game. While this was certainly expected to be an exciting match between two contenders from each conference, the altercation shocked the NBA world.
Most of us saw what happened, Brooks drove the ball to the basket but was stopped and blocked by Donovan Mitchell and Evan Mobley. While the defensive play could be considered physical, Brooks felt particularly offended and struck out at Donovan’s groin area when on the ground.
As one can imagine, this caused an instant fight and Mitchell took it as a sign of disrespect. He was later interviewed and defended his actions. Fans must certainly want to know Spida’s take on this situation and more context to what happened.
Donovan Mitchell admits to engaging in personal battles with Dillon Brooks for years
Brooks has already built a reputation for being a tenacious competitor. We all remember when he swiped Gary Payton II in the head during the 2022 NBA playoffs and sidelined him. He also got into a heated exchange with former NFL star and NBA analyst Shannon Sharpe during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Despite having a looming history, he did not hesitate to hit Donovan in the groin when rising from the ground. Mitchell, who was furious, flung the basketball at him. He then straightened up and rushed at Dillon and proceed to throw him to the ground. Players from both sides instantly stepped in and the situation escalated as both sides were trying to pull both players apart from each other.
Mitchell was later interviewed after the Cavs won the game over the Grizzlies and discussed the fight with Brooks, “That’s just who he is, we’ve seen it a bunch in this league with him. Him and I have had our personal battles for years. Quite frankly, I’ve been busting his a*s for years um playoffs, regular season. One game he does, you know an alright job on me today, decides to do something like that and there’s no place for that in the game.”
Donovan Mitchell really has been cooking Dillon Brooks 😂
— SHL 💥 (@SpidaHighlights) February 3, 2023
NOBODY likes Dillon Brooks. Such a dirty play here. Keep in mind Donovan Mitchell is still nursing a groin injury
— NBA Quick Report™🏀 (@NBAquickreport) February 3, 2023
Fans are agreeing with the Cavaliers star and have pulled up clips of him scoring on Brooks several times in the past. In any case, few can dispute that he is a better player than Dillon Brooks, and Mitchell should keep his head up and move on.