Grizzlies Coach David Fizdale Goes On Epic Rant After Loss To Spurs

Leonard's 37 points lead Spurs by Grizzlies 96-82

Grizzlies Coach David Fizdale Goes On Epic Rant After Loss To Spurs

But you're fighting for your team and you're fighting for your life in the playoffs, and you just don't have room to let things go into the next year.

Grizzlies coach David Fizdale gave us an early contender for most entertaining post-game press conference after the Grizzlies' Game 2 loss to the Spurs, when he ripped into the officiating that saw the Spurs take 32 free throws compared to just 15 by Memphis.

As Fizdale noted following Game 2, the Spurs (31 of 32) more than doubled the Grizzlies' output from the free-throw line (13 of 15) while Kawhi Leonard outshot Memphis by himself (19 of 19). Kawhi shot more free throws than our whole team. After sweeping the Grizzlies in both 2013 and 2016, the Spurs will try to move one step closer to another sweep with a road win in Game 3. They shot 11 times in the paint, but they had 23 free throws. Overall, 35 times we shot the ball in the paint.

If you add in his free throws, Leonard has made 47-of-51 of his shots (field goals and free throws) from inside the arc this series. "At that time, they were making every shot".

"Kawhi shot more free throws than our whole team, explain it to me", Fizdale said.

The San Antonio Spurs are 10-0 straight up and 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 postseason games against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Grizzlies Coach David Fizdale Goes On Epic Rant After Loss To Spurs

"It was a very poorly officiated basketball game", Fizdale said. It was a head coach tearing into the officials to show that he has his team's back, and Spurs fans should expect to see an all-out assault by the Grizzlies in game three of the playoffs. Game 3 tips off at 9:30 p.m. ET on Thursday night. He has class, and he just plays the game. "We're gonna find a way to get that taken care of, our team putting money together, whatever we got to do".

"We don't get the respect that these guys deserve because Mike Conley doesn't go insane".

Fizdale, who called the officiating "unacceptable" and "unprofessional", was fined $30,000 by the National Basketball Association for his criticism of the referees.

However, while this is all great, the Grizzlies are trailing the Spurs 2-0 in the series.

The 7-foot Nurkic spoke before Portland's practice in San Francisco, saying he's not yet ready to return following a nondisplaced fracture in his right leg that sidelined him the final seven regular-season games.

"As far as getting to the free-throw line?"

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