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Grizzlies coach Fizdale rips into referees after Spurs loss

18 April 2017 14:15

Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale launched a scathing rant against the officials following their playoff loss to the San Antonio Spurs.

The Grizzlies were defeated 96-82 by the Spurs on Monday and now trail the first-round series 2-0 after what Fizdale described as a "very poorly officiated game."

Fizdale pointed to the disparity in free-throw attempts with the Spurs going 31 of 32 from the stripe while the Grizzlies had just 15 free throws, making all but two. He labelled Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, "the most rugged guy in the game" and noted the veteran had zero free-throw attempts while Spurs guard Kawhi Leonard made all 19 of his free throws.

"First half we had 19 shots in the paint and we had six free throws. They had 11 shots in the paint and had 23 free throws," Fizdale said. "I'm not a numbers guy, but that doesn't seem to add up.

"Overall, 35 times we shot the ball in the paint, we had 15 free throws for the game! They shot 18 times in the paint and had 32 free throws, Kawhi shot more free throws than our whole team, explain it to me.

"We don't get the respect these guys deserve because [Grizzlies guard] Mike Conley doesn't go crazy. He has class and he just plays the game. But I'm not going to let them treat us that way.

"I know Pop's [Spurs coach Gregg Popovich] got pedigree and I'm a young rookie, but they're not going to rook us. That's unacceptable. That was unprofessional. 

"My guys dug in that game and earned the right to be in that game. They did not even give us a chance.

"Take that for data."

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