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Grizzlies coach goes ballistic after loss, says officiating 'unacceptable, unprofessional'

19 April 2017
Grizzlies coach goes ballistic after loss, says officiating 'unacceptable, unprofessional'

Explain it to me.

Paul George scored 32 and Jeff Teague 23 for IN, which showed more fight, but now has a steep hill to climb to get back IN the series. It was a very poorly officiated basketball game.

In fact, Leonard attempted more free throws than the entire Memphis squad (13-of-15).

Selden was a non-factor the first game, scoring a measly five points on eight shots while giving up 32 points to Kawhi.

"I'm not a numbers guy, but that doesn't seem to add up", Fizdale said. "They forced us into some tough situations in that third quarter and broke the game open". Kawhi shot more free throws than are whole team. So a player attempting 20 shots in the paint and getting hacked on all of them would read: zero shots in paint, 40 free throw attempts. Kawhi shot more free throws than our whole team. "I thought we got better as the game went on".

Adding to Fizdale's consternation was the fact that Memphis rallied from a 26-point deficit in the second half and had an opportunity to win after a 29-point blowout in Game 1. But I'm not going to let them treat us that way. I know Pop has got pedigree and I'm a young rookie. They thrive under the snowball effect: once they get some momentum, its gets bigger and bigger until they're nearly and unbeatable team. That's unacceptable, that was unprofessional. "But give them credit; they really turned the game around defensively against us". "Take 'dat for data'".

Fizdale slammed the table as he walked away from the podium after that tirade after less than two minutes answering questions. They usually see the pendulum swing the other way.

As someone who had success at the highest level as an assistant coach in Miami when LeBron James was in town, Fizdale knows a thing or two about playoff hoops.

If you're going to get fined for criticizing the refs, you might as well earn it, and Fizdale certainly did just that. The Memphis Grizzlies are allowing 45.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game.

But the Spurs' offense hit a bump in the road to close out the first half, and that slump continued through the third quarter and into the fourth. Memphis tried to play physical coming off of screens and on drive - but Leonard drew fouls around the basket. The Grizzlies tend to foul a lot.

The Grizzlies need more than Marc Gasol and Conley to beat San Antonio, but Randolph was only able to deliver six points and three rebounds with 3-of-13 shooting in Game 1.