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:
Eric Freeman @freemaneric
David Fizdale with the classic "oh damn we're down 2-0 better try to get some calls" press conference.4/18/2017, 4:32:37 AM
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:
Jon Krawczynski @APkrawczynski
If the Grizz don't put "Take That for Data" on a towel to wave for Game 3, let's just shut the whole series down.4/18/2017, 4:57:56 AM
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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