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#pounditThursday, November 26, 2020

David Fizdale rips referees after Game 2 loss

David Fizdale

David Fizdale might as well start making the check out to pay for his fine.

The Memphis Grizzlies head coach went off on the officials after his team lost Game 2 of their Western Conference playoff series to the San Antonio Spurs, 96-82 on Monday night.

“It was a very poorly officiated basketball game. … 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 (Leonard) shot more free throws than our whole team. Explain it to me,” an angry Fizdale said.

“We don’t get the respect that these guys deserve … but I’m not going to let them treat us this way. That was unacceptable, that was unprofessional.”

Fizdale has a very good reason for being angry. His team only had 15 free throw attempts (making 13 of them). The Spurs got 32 foul shots and made 31. That’s a difference of 17 foul shots in a 14-point game.

The fine for criticizing the refs will be hefty for Fizdale but probably worthwhile as long as his team gets more calls in Game 3.

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