NBA fines Grizzlies' Fizdale $30000 for officiating rant


I don't know what they're going to do.

Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale, left, and assistant J.B. Bickerstaff, right, argue a call during the second half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, Monday, April 17, . Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs hit 19 of 19 with his free throws. "We missed 13 free throws, turned the ball over and got 19 points in transition". It didn't help Memphis that they were struggling to get to the line while the Spurs were racking up free throws. Inconsistency will hurt them again in this game tonight. They shot 18 times in the paint and had 32 free throws. He scored 37 points, shot 9-of-14 from the field and made all 19 free-throws he took. "Explain it to me". This will predictably lead to a bountiful feast of Grizzly free throws when the venue switches to Memphis' FedEx Forum for Game 3 on Thursday.

Fizdale unleashed one of the all-time great postgame rants, claiming the officials "won't rook us" and concluding his press conference with "Take that for data!" after breaking down the numbers.

"Players in general and coaches pull this card a lot", Fizdale said.

"We don't get the respect that these guys deserve because Mike Conley doesn't go insane, he has class and he just plays the game".

The duel of brothers, Marc Gasol for the Grizzlies, and Pau Gasol for the Spurs was won by Marc, with 12 points to his brother's 10.

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"We don't get the respect that these guys deserve because Mike Conley doesn't go insane, he has class and he just plays the game", Fizdale said.

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.

Calling out the officiating and discrepancies in foul calls is a way to put that idea in the back of people's minds, most importantly officials in future games, but it's not just about earning a better balance of foul calls in the future. "No, but they respect me as a person, I feel like", Conley said. It's good to see him having fun and playing well when we need him the most, and it's obvious he's happy about it too.

"We don't normally say anything about anything, so I think Coach just finally just had enough, kind of got to a boiling point", Conley said.

I didn't expect San Antonio to do what it did in Game 1 given their struggles down the stretch, but clearly the Spurs popped into playoff mode. Plus, Conley himself is going to be giving the tickets away around 12:30 p.m. after the team practice on Wednesday in the Grand Lobby at their arena, which is awesome.