Mavericks' Jalen Brunson sent to the locker room after controversial hit from Jazz's Royce O'Neale

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With Luka Doncic sidelined by a calf injury, the Dallas Mavericks required their supporting cast to step up in their first-round series with the Utah Jazz. In Game 2 on Monday night, Jalen Brunson did that and more, gathering a career-high 41 indicate lead the Mavs to a huge win that connected the series at 1-1.

Brunson brought that momentum into Game 3 on Thursday night in Salt Lake City, as he completed with 31 points and 5 helps to lead the Mavericks to a 126-118 win and a 2-1 series lead. Unfortunately, his night wasn’t best. In the middle of the 2nd quarter, it took an unpleasant turn. 

With 5 minutes to play in the quarter, the Jazz brought the ball down the flooring and Mike Conley ran a pick-and-roll with Rudy Gobert. After getting some area, Conley released a 3 that captured absolutely nothing however the bottom of the web. It appeared like a rather typical play, and ought to have been. But when the ball was in the air, Brunson relied on box out Royce O’Neale, who came charging in and sent out Brunson stretching with a difficult hit to the back. 

Here’s a replay of the event from the overhead angle:

Brunson remained down for a short duration and was getting at his lower back when he ultimately got to his feet. He at first attempted to remain in the video game, however was too hobbled and dedicated a nasty to stop play. He likewise got struck with a technical nasty for grumbling that there was absolutely nothing gotten in touch with O’Neale. 

“Royce just elbowed me in the back and that’s that,” Brunson stated. “I said what I have to say. It’s over with. Everything feels good with a win.”

Once Brunson had a look at of the video game he went directly to the locker space for more assessment. Thankfully he had the ability to return after the break, and obviously left any sort of severe injury. That’s terrific news for the Mavericks, as they cannot pay for to lose another crucial factor. 

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