The Memphis Grizzlies fell to 0-2 in their first round series with the San Antonio Spurs last night. Head Coach David Fizdale didn’t have (m)any nice things to say about the loss in his post game interview.
Here is the post-game interview in full.
The San Antonio Spurs beat the Grizzlies 96-82 Monday night, and it didn’t look anything other than a usual Spurs playoff game. Kawhi Leonard set a new career high in playoff points, with 37, and Tony Parker turned back the clock yet again scoring a quick ten in the 1st, finishing with 15. The Memphis Grizzlies squad was not so lucky. Mike Conley finished with 24 points and 8 assists, and as a team, Memphis shot 37.8% from the field. The starting five were a – 42 on the floor together, and only one player came out with a positive +/- (James Ennis +5).
Fizdale was visibly bothered by the games officiating when he exited, and he didn’t hold back. He opened up by talking free throw numbers, and the class act that starting point guard Mike Conley always seems to put on:
“We don’t get the respect these guys deserve because Mike Conley doesn’t go crazy, he has class, and he just plays the game.”
Through four quarters, the Memphis Grizzlies scored 39 times in the paint, and were rewarded with only 15 free throws. San Antonio on the other hand, scored 18 times in the paint, and shot 32 free throws. Kawhi Leonard himself shot (and made) more free throws than the entire Memphis team. Home court advantage? Fizdale surely thinks so.
“It was a very poorly officiated basketball game.”
The Grizzlies head coach continued to sound off on officials, stating that San Antonio coach Popovich’s status in this league dictated the officials calls:
“I know Pop has a pedigree and I’m just a young rookie, but they’re not gonna rook us!”
Fizdale was firing on all cylinders, and even made a mic drop exit from the post game interview:
“Take that for data.”
This Memphis head coach was scorching hot after the game, and maybe he has the right to be. One thing’s for sure though, Game 3 is in Memphis, and it’s gonna be hard to blame a loss on your own staff.
David Fizdale will likely be fined the universal $25K for this type of slander on referees, but I doubt it will hold him back from further commentary. Can you blame him though? I know personally I hate it when my team gets blown out by San Antonio, not to mention in a playoff series. More than a simple complaint, I would say this rant earns a visible response in effort from the Grizzlies players in Game 3.
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