Grizzlies' David Fizdale blasts referees following loss to Spurs

Grizzlies' David Fizdale blasts referees following loss to Spurs

Grizzlies' David Fizdale blasts referees following loss to Spurs

Memphis lost 96-82, and they now trail the Spurs 0-2 in their best-of-seven first round series in the 2017 NBA Playoffs.

Four other San Antonio players made double figures in an all-round offensive display, with veteran French star Tony Parker scoring 15 points. Game 3 is on Thursday, April 20.

However, they almost blew an 18-point lead in the fourth as the Pacers got within four before Cleveland closed it out at the line. "He has class, he just plays the game", Fizdale said.

Leonard opened the game by making his first three shots and four free throws as the Spurs built a 13-point lead, the same deficit they faced in the opening period Saturday. Grizzlies's Marc Gasol recorded his career playoff high with 32 points in the Game 1. "Overall, 35 times we shot the ball in the paint, we had 15 free throws for the game". The Spurs only had 12 points in the paint, but got two three-pointers from Parker and Green, in building their huge lead.

On Monday night, the Grizzlies attempted 25.6 percent of their shots from within 3 feet and had a free-throw rate of.183; the Spurs attempted 19.7 from that range and had a free-throw rate of.525.

Given San Antonio's championship pedigree, legendary coach Gregg Popovich and Memphis' relative lack of postseason success, Fizdale doesn't believe the officials gave his team proper respect on calls. San Antonio won 95-89 in overtime.

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"I'm not a numbers guy, but that doesn't seem to add up", Fizdale said. "It was a very poorly officiated basketball game". Explain it to me!

It seems to be a virtual certainty that Fizdale will receive a sizable fine for this performance but he absolutely had to know that when it transpired.

"That's unacceptable. That was unprofessional". "We beat them by 30". Morris and Millsap exchanged heated words before the teams retreated to their locker rooms at halftime, and more fireworks could be coming in Game 2.

NOTES: Spurs F/C Pau Gasol played 476 games for the Grizzlies from 2001-08, winning the 2001-02 NBA Rookie of the Year Award and becoming the franchise's first-ever All-Star (2006). It just wasn't enough to take down the defending champs. Let's take a look if you haven't already seen it.

Then I was curious as to where Memphis fell in terms of fouls per game and this isn't something new to Memphis - they committed the second most fouls per game in the league during the regular season despite playing at the third slowest pace.

"Honestly, I don't understand it", he said.

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