On the surface, Fizdale's rant was aimed at the officiating, in hopes to make them aware that the Grizzlies weren't getting the benefit of the calls in low-post area.
"It's unfortunate that I got a guy like Mike Conley, who in his whole career has zero technical fouls and just could not seem to get the proper respect from the officials that he deserves", Fizdale said.
National Basketball Association rules prohibit public criticism of game officials.
"Zach Randolph, the most rugged guy in the game, had zero free throws", Fizdale said, his voice booming.
Memphis shot only 15 free throws despite attempting 35 shots in the paint, compared to San Antonio's 32 free throw attempts.
"I'm not a numbers guy, but that doesn't seem to add up", Fizdale said.
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"Take that for data", he said in closing, as he slapped the interview table.
The Grizzlies will host the Spurs at FedExForum for Game 3 on Thursday, April 20 at 8:30 p.m. and Game 4 on Saturday, April 22 at 7 p.m. Maybe they'll collect enough money to pay the eventual fine for Fizdale. "But I'm not gonna let them treat us that way". Leonard also took 11 rebounds and converted all 19 of his free-throw attempts, which was four more than Memphis took as a team. After calling it "huge" for the team's confidence, he then went off on a tangent, ripping into the officiating and how Leonard had more free throws than his entire team, despite being a team that is more aggressive closer to the basket. Prior to those match-ups and all First Round games, Grizzlies Playoff Plaza Parties will begin two hours prior to tip-off.
"Kawhi shot more free throws than our whole team, explain it to me", Fizdale said. You have to get your team going, and you do it whichever way is necessary, I guess. "They made it hard on us during the regular season, and we expect them to play very well at home".
Knicks President Phil Jackson suggested last week a trade may be best for the team and its leading scorer, saying the Knicks "have not been able to win with him on the court at this time". "I have felt that everywhere I've went in the city". I think he went in and fought for his players, fought for his city.
With an upset looming however, Cleveland regained the initiative and two late free-throws from Irving put them 117-109 ahead as the final seconds counted down.
"I didn't get to the free throw line yet this series", Gasol said.