The NBA has fined Grizzlies coach David Fizdale $30,000 for his rant against the officiating in Memphis' 96-82 loss to San Antonio in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series. Fizdale called the work of veteran crew Danny Crawford, Rodney Mott and Bill Spooner "unprofessional" and "unacceptable" in a postgame interview that grew increasingly louder before he slammed his fist on a table and stormed off. The NBA fined Fizdale after Game 2 for calling the officiating unfair, especially when it came to Conley.
The basis around his argument was that his own player Zach Randolph, who he described as "the most rugged guy in the game", went to the free throw line a total of zero times, while Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard shot 19 free throws.
"Pop's got pedigree and I'm a young rookie, but they are not gonna rook us".
Tony Parker is a six-time All Star and a four-time National Basketball Association champion, yet the Memphis Grizzlies keep giving him open looks when they collapse on Kawhi Leonard in the teams' first-round playoff series. Game 2 did not end so well for Memphis to say the least.
"It's the playoffs and sometimes you just can't control certain things of the game", Gasol said.
"I just don't understand it", Randolph answered when I asked about him attempting zero free throws despite the league cred he has earned with his hard-hat approach over 17 seasons. Coach Popovich probably didn't have much to say to his team as they hit the ground running and jumped out to lead by 56-37 at halftime before holding off a late charge in the second half. Furthermore, Memphis making the playoffs isn't a fluke, and they've been one of the West's best teams for the last couple of seasons. We had 15 free throws for the game! Sure. It's not going to do any good.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Cleveland's Kyle Korver has scored just four points and attempted five shots in the first two games. It's also unclear whether head coach David Fizdale will elect to play Tony Allen, or hold him out and not risk further injury. But since Conley, who previous year signed a contract worth an astonishing $153 million, is in a generous mood and he's a loyal guy above all, he should probably just take care of Fiz too. But, again, I'm not going to emphasize it, I'm not going to point it out. It is what it is. I think he went in and fought for his players, fought for his city. "In my case, to help my team, and that's it".