NBA Playoffs 2017: Did David Fizdale's Rant Motivate the Grizzlies?

"It's unfortunate that I've got a guy like [point guard] Mike Conley that in his whole career has got zero technical fouls and just can not seem to get the proper respect from the officials that he deserves". "Zach Randolph, the most rugged guy in the game, has zero free throws but somehow Kawhi Leonard had 19 free throws". Overall, San Antonio had a 32-15 advantage in free-throw attempts, going 31-for-32 while the Griz were 13-for-15.

Fizdale unleashed one of the all-time great postgame rants, claiming the officials "won't rook us" and concluding his press conference with "Take that for data!" after breaking down the numbers.

The first-year head coach then slammed his fist on a table and stormed off. But even if Fizdale's comments don't change the officiating, at least he won't have to pay for the entire fine himself. The Spurs went to the charity stripe 23 times in the first two quarters, making 22, them, while Memphis was just 5 of 6 on free throws, a 17-point difference in a 19-point game. As a team, the Grizzlies shot 37 percent from the field and seven of 27 from the three-point line but they were always fighting a losing battle after falling behind by 19 points going into halftime. A furious Fizdale complained that the officiating crew had unfairly skewed the free-throw count against his players. IN may bring Al Jefferson, who did not play in either of the first two games, off the bench to give the Pacers more size to help with that.

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"Kawhi shot more free throws than our whole team, explain it to me", Fizdale said. I got to be honest with you. They've won many times. But, again, I'm not going to emphasize it, I'm not going to point it out.

"I assume that a guy that has been 20-plus years successful and has the status of coach Pop, and I'm a guy who just comes into the league and gets a head coaching job, I might not get the same treatment", Gasol said. Rookie Thon Maker is getting more playing time as an energetic presence on defence, though veteran Greg Monroe is the better offensive option with his manoeuvrability in the paint and an ability to hit jumpers around the lane.

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. Kawhi shot more free throws than are whole team.

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