David Fizdale Goes on Rant Ripping Refs After Grizzlies' Game 2 Loss to Spurs

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2017

SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 15:  David Fizdale of the Memphis Grizzlies talks to the media after the game against the San Antonio Spurs in Game One of Round One during the 2017 NBA Playoffs on April 15, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale was furious with the officiating following his team's 96-82 Monday loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of the teams' playoff series.

NBA TV shared his postgame press conference where he called the officiating "unacceptable" and "unprofessional" before leaving in frustration:

Eric Freeman of Yahoo Sports responded to Fizdale's comments:

Fizdale was particularly upset with the difference in free-throw attempts, as San Antonio took 32 shots from the charity stripe compared to 15 for Memphis. Kawhi Leonard alone (19-of-19 on free throws) shot more free throws than Memphis' entire team, which helped him spearhead the victorious effort with 37 points and 11 rebounds.

Fizdale also pointed to his team's tendency to shoot from the paint when questioning why it didn't receive more chances from the free-throw line, exclaiming "take that for data."

Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press thought of an idea for the Grizzlies following the press conference:

Fizdale will almost assuredly be fined for his comments, but it could also earn his team more free throws moving forward, as Freeman suggested. The Grizzlies need all the help they can get after dropping the first two contests against the mighty Spurs.



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