Grizzlies coach Fizdale fined $30000 for refs rant

Fizdale said he has gotten a lot of community support since his outburst; and, if he has created a catch-phrase, he's fine with that. Fizdale finished his tirade by slamming his fist on a table and yelling, "Take that for data", before storming out. But you're fighting for your team and you're fighting for your life in the playoffs, and you just don't have room to let things go into the next year. But Gasol only scored 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting in the second game, and it will take a flawless all-around game from Memphis' trio to compete with the second-seeded Spurs. After initially saying he needed to "have a glass of wine on the plane" to analyze what happened, Fizdale unleashed a almost two-minute tirade during a postgame interview that grew increasingly louder.

"It's unfortunate that I've got a guy like (point guard) Mike Conley that in his whole career has got zero technical fouls and just can not seem to get the proper respect from the officials that he deserves", Fizdale said after the game.

"It was a very poorly officiated basketball game", Fizdale said.

Leonard shot all four of the Spurs free throws in the final quarter while the Grizzlies were limited to one on a three-point play by Marc Gasol.

San Antonio point guard Tony Parker was dismissive Wednesday when he was asked what he expects from the officials in Game 3.

Leonard finished 9 for 14 from the field and was 19 for 19 on free throws.

"I'm not a numbers guy, but that doesn't seem to add up". We lost both games, and it wasn't close. They shot 18 times in the paint and had 32 free throws. "Explain it to me".

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"He didn't have to do anything", Conley said. "But we're looking forward to the next game. We'll stay playing physical like we always do".

That's a coach who cares about his players right there.

The Spurs took charge in the opening quarter, leading by as many as 13 points, including at the end of the period, when a put-back layup by Pau Gasol gave San Antonio a 29-16 advantage. "I'm not sitting here acting like I'm any more original than any other coach". "You want to get to this level, and then you start getting double-teamed but it's all fun".

Kawhi Leonard had a career postseason high 37 points and 11 rebounds in Monday's 82-96 game-2 win. Leonard made sure of that.

"It's a gift and a curse", Leonard told reporters of the double teams. "They're doing a great job of throwing a lot of bodies at me. I guess I did something and the refs were paying attention and I was able to get to the line".

Undermanned and in desperate times, Memphis continued to look strong out of the gate in Games 1 and 2, only to falter in the second half from poor shooting and the inability to make defensive stops.

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