The Memphis Grizzlies fell this Thursday against the Cleveland Cavaliers in a game in which two Spaniards stood out: Santi Aldama, who signed his best score in the NBA with 21 points, and Ricky Rubio, who with 13 goals sealed his most outstanding game after returning of his serious injury (128-113).
However, the game was marred by a massive brawl in the middle of the third quarter as a result of an ugly blow from Dillon Brooks to Donovan Mitchell's testicles, starter in the All Star that will be played in two weeks. The Cavaliers star responded with a pitch to the Tennessee player and members of both teams immediately appeared, some to engage in the fight and most to calm things down, including Aldama.
"We've seen it a lot in this league with him. He and I have had our personal battles for years. There's no place for it in the game. This has been brewing for years with me and other players in the league," Mitchell said. about Brooks, whom he accused of foul play. Both players were ejected. The Grizzlies forward declined to give his version of the fight after the game.
On the sporting front, Aldama, a starter for the Grizzlies before Jaren Jackson Jr. was lost, made 7 of 15 from the field (including a stupendous 4 of 7 from triples), hit all three attempts from the field he had and added plus 10 rebounds, an assist and a steal in 34 minutes. The power forward was the top scorer for the Grizzlies behind Desmond Bane (25 points) and Ja Morant (24 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists).
This is the seventh loss in the last eight games for the Grizzlies (32-20). For their part, the Cavaliers (32-22) had a Rubio who, coming off the bench, made 4 of 9 shots (3 of 6 on 3-pointers), 2 of 2 from the personal line, 2 rebounds, 4 assists , 2 steals and a block in 21 minutes. Darius Garland (32 points and 11 assists) was the benchmark in attack for the Cavaliers.