NBA fines Grizzlies' Fizdale $30000 for officiating rant

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It was a very poorly officiated basketball game. "We don't get the respect that these guys deserve because Mike Conley doesn't go insane, he has class and he just plays the game".

The basis around his argument was that his own player Zach Randolph, who he described as "the most rugged guy in the game", went to the free throw line a total of zero times, while Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard shot 19 free throws.

We'll see if the Grizzlies see fewer foul calls in Game 3 in Memphis on Thursday, when they look to avoid going down 3-0 to San Antonio. I'm not a numbers guy, but that doesn't seem to add up. I know Pop's got pedigree, and I'm a young rookie. Over the course of the 83 seconds, Fizdale never said that the Grizzlies lost the game because of the officiating; he stated his team wasn't given a chance, but never did he explicitly declare that the contest was lost because of the officials. Maybe they'll collect enough money to pay the eventual fine for Fizdale.

The betting trends for this game have yet to be released but I will update once they come out.

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"Having those guys is a great luxury because every night two of the three should play well", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. 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. You have to get your team going, and you do it whichever way is necessary, I guess. A furious Fizdale complained that the officiating crew had unfairly skewed the free-throw count against his players. "They shot 11 times in the paint, and they had 23 free throws", he noted.

That's more than the entire Memphis team, who were awarded 15 free throws (making 13 of them).

Spurs star Kawhi Leonard made 19-19 free throws on his way to scoring a game-high 37 points. "I have felt that everywhere I've went in the city".

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 think he went in and fought for his players, fought for his city. Overall, 35 times we shot the ball in the paint. "But Kawhi is going to be aggressive and LaMarcus [Aldridge] is going to be aggressive, and if they double-team, they're going to have to choose between me or Danny [Green] or whoever is going to be open".

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