Memphis Grizzlies Fall Behind in Round 1

Grizzlies Fizdale fined $30,000 for officiating rant

Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale has been fined $30,000 for public criticism of the officiating, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

"We don't get the respect that these guys deserve because Mike Conley doesn't go insane", Fizdale said. He also said the game was poorly officiated.

Fizdale lamented that Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard shot more free throws (19) than the entire Grizzlies team (15), despite Memphis having more shots in the paint than San Antonio. First half we shot 19 shots in the paint and we had six free throws; they shot 11 times in the paint and they had 23 free throws.

"We don't get the respect that these guys deserve because (Conley) doesn't go insane", Fizdale said. I know [Spurs coach Gregg Popovich] has pedigree and I'm a young rookie, but they're not gonna rook us! The epic rant concluded with Fizdale slamming his hand on the table while saying "take that for data", and then storming off.

The Spurs have a 2-0 lead over Memphis, and Parker said the most important thing for the Spurs to keep in mind heading into Game 3 in Memphis is limiting turnovers.


According to Ronald Tillery of Memphis Commercial Appeal, Grizzlies players appreciated Fizdale's support so much that they are going to reimburse him for the $30,000 fine. Tweet Embed: https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/854770962893504513 Fizdale: Coaches pull this card a lot. They shot 18 times in the paint and shot 32 free throws. I got to be honest with you. "And they did not even give us a chance". I understand that. That's why I'm not going to complain about it. If they do not win, their season could come to an end on the spot.

"I assume that a guy that has been 20-plus years successful and has the status of coach Pop, and I'm a guy who just comes into the league and gets a head coaching job, I might not get the same treatment", Gasol said.

Spurs star Kawhi Leonard made 19-19 free throws on his way to scoring a game-high 37 points. I think he went in and fought for his players, fought for his city.

San Antonio still shot 46 percent from the field and had a 39-35 advantage on the glass, and they outplayed Memphis in the fourth despite the officials swallowing their whistles. "Kawhi shot more free throws than our whole team - explain it to me".

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