Memphis coach blasts 'unprofessional' officiating in Game 2 versus Spurs
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 19, 2017,
Apr 19, 2017, 0:11
The Grizzlies shot just 15 free throws as a team, and during the postgame press conference, Fizdale made his feelings known, raising his voice multiple times during his rant and saying it was a "poorly officiated game". Per possession, the Grizz were easily the team that committed the most fouls.
So does he have a point? Are the Grizzlies getting jobbed because the officials favor National Basketball Association royalty (Gregg Popovich) over a rookie head coach? In fact, he consistently has fewer points than Gregg Popovich, which is why he's so mad.
He continued, "Overall, 35 times we shot the ball in the paint, we had 15 free throws for the game". Fizdale provided statistics to show the discrepancy in the amount of fouls each team drew on the night, before capping off his press with an epic line: "Take that for data!".
The Grizzlies were yet again without five-time All-Defensive team member Tony Allen, who is out indefinitely with a strained calf. The San Antonio Spurs are shooting 45.2 percent from beyond the arc and 87.7 percent from the free throw line.
Fizdale wasn't alone. Zach Randolph, described by Fizdale in his remarks as "the most rugged guy in the game", has yet to take a foul shot in the series.
Leonard had a postseason career-high 37 points and made all 19 free-throw attempts. "I'm just going to keep my head down, keep focused, try to play through it the best I can and keep my teammates from letting it affect them mentally".
"First half we had 19 shots in the paint and we had six free throws". Leonard also took 11 rebounds and converted all 19 of his free-throw attempts.
Is Kawhi getting the benefit of the doubt with whistles? But more importantly, that ratio is explained by the Grizzlies relative lack of swingmen and slashers who are actually worth fouling.
The San Antonio Spurs can all but put this series to bed by winning here and taking a commanding 3-0 lead.
Game 3 is Thursday night. It is also frustrating to see that Fizdale is playing Harrison down the stretch. But, then again, Memphis' style is to play physical. After initially saying he needed to "have a glass of wine on the plane" to analyze what happened, Fizdale unleashed a almost two-minute tirade during a postgame interview that grew increasingly louder.
Fizdale felt mild-mannered point guard Mike Conley was hard-done by due to his lack of complaining about missed calls, and the experienced Spurs were given a clear advantage by the refs.