David Fizdale Roasts Officials For 'Poorly Officiated' Game

Posted April 20, 2017

Kawhi Leonard poured in a career-playoff-high 37 points, and five Spurs scored in double figures as San Antonio, the West's second seed, took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Memphis coach David Fizdale, whose "take that" rant on the officiating in the Grizzlies' Monday playoff loss at San Antonio went viral, was fined $30,000 by the National Basketball Association on Wednesday.

As for Fizdale's tirade, it's surprising he wasn't fined Tuesday morning after figuratively landing on the most expensive property of the NBA's Monopoly board by calling out the officials. The Grizzlies are practicing later Wednesday.

Game 3 against San Antonio will take place Thursday night at FedExForum.

Fizdale blasted the officiating in a almost two-minute tirade during his postgame press conference Monday night.

At his post-game press conference, Fizdale launched what turned into an epic rant about the officiating, citing stats from shooting in the paint to free throws.

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.

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That means Memphis spent the whole season sending their opponents to the line more than they got there, which makes Fizdale's complaint a bit harder to take at face value.

Memphis finished Game 2 with three more field goals (31-28) than San Antonio, but the Silver and Black had a decisive edge in made free throws (31-13).

Fizdale wasn't sure if his status as a first-year coach or his team's decorum had anything to do with the lopsided numbers, but he wasn't happy with the result.

"I'm not going to let them treat us that way. I know (San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has) got pedigree and I'm a young rookie, but they are not going to rook us". That's unacceptable, that's unprofessional.

"We know that the key against them is that if we have a lot of turnovers, they're going to stay in games and it gives them confidence", Parker said. "Obviously, I was set on getting the point across". But since Conley, who past 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. Kawhi shot more free throws than are whole team. I got to be honest with you.

That kind of confidence in your players goes a long way in the locker room.