It is the second career ejection for Brooks in the playoffs. He committed a flagrant 2 foul that injured Golden State‘s Gary Payton II in Game 2 of last season Western Conference semifinals and was suspended by the NBA for the next game.
Brooks had been booed by the Crypto.com Arena crowd since his pregame routine more than an hour before tip-off. He drew the wrath of Lakers fans with his trash talk targeting James via the media after the Grizzlies’ Game 3 win Wednesday.
“I don’t care — he’s old. You know what I mean?” Brooks said then of the 38-year-old James. “I was waiting for that. I was expecting him to do that Game 4, Game 5. He wanted to say something when I got my fourth foul. He should have been saying that earlier on. But I poke bears. I don’t respect no one until they come and give me 40.”
James scored 15 points on 7-of-12 shooting before Brooks’ ejection.
Brooks had seven points on 3-of-13 shooting in 19 minutes.