After Pau hit a 3 from the top of the key, the Memphis spirit finally seemed broken, at least for Game 2. Kawhi Leonard alone went 19-for-19 and attempted four more free throws than the entire Memphis team. They shot 18 times in the paint and shot 32 free throws.
Fizdale's rant backfires, the Grizzlies barely get to the free throw line, and the Spurs rip the hearts out of all Grizzlies fans by stealing game three on the road.
Somehow, Conley's name got thrown in the mix a few times. Only three Grizzlies visited the charity stripe.
Fizdale went on an epic rant following game two in San Antonio, claiming that the Grizzlies were on the receiving end of "unprofessional" officiating, mainly because players like Mike Conley don't complain after not getting the benefit of the calls.
After the game, Fizdale was clearly agitated during his press conference, noting that he needed to "cool off and have a glass of wine on the plane" before he could look at the film and evaluate the team's game plan moving forward.
"Our offense you know went in the toilet due to their great defense, they got into us", said Gregg Popovich.
Fizdale called the officiating "unprofessional" and "unacceptable".
After the defeat, Grizzlies coach David Fizdale blasted the officials of Monday night's game - claiming they never gave his team a chance.
"We don't normally say anything about anything, so I think Coach just finally just had enough, kind of got to a boiling point", Conley said.
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 got to be honest with you. "But when it comes to the game, I'm not sure".
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After the Spurs practiced Wednesday, Parker was asked if after everything he's accomplished in his career, he views being left open as a sign of disrespect.
Carter got a technical foul going face to face to heatedly debate with Spurs reserve guard Kyle Anderson.
This isn't a new trend on preferential treatment.
There's also a little more to it than how often a team gets to the line, and that's how often a team sends its opponent there. They shot 18 times in the paint, and had 32 free throws.
"It was a very poorly officiated basketball game", Fizdale said.
Fizdale surely has a fine headed his way.
"You run a program, you don't cheat, you graduate all your kids, you do things right and the damn referees are all the same", Keady said to reporter as he pounded the interview table. I'm not more original than any other coach. I know [Spurs coach Gregg Popovich] has pedigree and I'm a young rookie, but they're not gonna rook us!
The NCAA docked Keady $10,000 for those comments. The game is scheduled for a 9:30 p.m. start time and it will be televised nationally on TNT.
San Antonio led for all but 13 seconds in winning its 10th consecutive post-season game over Memphis.
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