Grizzlies Star Gives Away 500 Tickets For Playoff Game

Rachel Hardy
April 20, 2017

"Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale has been fined $30,000 for public criticism of the officiating, it was announced [on Wednesday] by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations".

"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. If players get hung up on officiating, I think it hurts their game.

"Zach Randolph, the most rugged guy in the game, had zero free throws", Fizdale said after the game.

"We don't get the respect that these guys deserve because (Conley) doesn't go insane", Fizdale said. "I know (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has) got pedigree and I'm a young rookie, but they're not going to rook us". Fizdale said at his postgame press conference.

Like the Spurs, the Cavaliers can take a big step a toward potential first-round sweep Thursday night when they play at Indiana.

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It was an incredible moment and one that, predictably, earned him a hefty fine from the league. 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. He added 11 rebounds, becoming the first player since Dirk Nowitzki in 2011 to hit 19 or more free throws or more in the postseason. You have to get your team going, and you do it whichever way is necessary, I guess.

Fizdale was incensed after Kawhi Leonard shot more free-throws (19) than the Grizz as a team (15). "You've got to play through them".

"Kawhi shot more free throws than our whole team, explain it to me", Fizdale said. A furious Fizdale complained that the officiating crew had unfairly skewed the free-throw count against his players. "Obviously there's a lot of emotions this time of year and he took it head on". We had 15 free throws for the game. "I have felt that everywhere I've went in the city". I'm going to try to coach my team the best I can, or try to play the best as I can as a player.

San Antonio still shot 46 percent from the field and had a 39-35 advantage on the glass, and they outplayed Memphis in the fourth despite the officials swallowing their whistles.

"I didn't get to the free-throw line yet this series", said Gasol, per Melissa Rohlin of the San Antonio Express-News.

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