On Wednesday, the National Basketball Association announced a $30,000 fine for Fizdale's criticism of officials - which is always the surest way to get the league into your pockets.
"I think Coach just finally just had enough, kind of got to a boiling point", Conley said. It was a head coach tearing into the officials to show that he has his team's back, and Spurs fans should expect to see an all-out assault by the Grizzlies in game three of the playoffs.
Leonard attempted more free throws than the entire Grizzlies team.
Fizdale said: "We don't get the respect [from the refs] that these guys deserve, because Mike Conley doesn't go insane, he has class, and he just plays the game, but I'm not gonna let them treat us that way".
"I know Pop's got pedigree and I'm a young rookie but they're not gonna "rook" us".
As Fizdale finished his thought, he slammed a pen on the table and stood up. Game 3 tips off at 9:30 p.m. ET on Thursday night.
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As for Fizdale's tirade, it's surprising he wasn't fined Tuesday morning after figuratively landing on the most expensive property of the NBA's Monopoly board by calling out the officials. "They respect me as a person, I feel like, but when it comes to the game, i'm not sure". Tweet Embed: https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/854770962893504513 Fizdale: Coaches pull this card a lot.
"I'm just concerned about getting my team ready to play", Popovich said. "You've got to play through them".
The margin of difference in free throw attempts was eight in the Spurs' 111-82 rout in the series opener Saturday, the Grizzlies going to the line 17 times and the Spurs 25. Free throws were costly for the Grizzlies. I understand that. That's why I'm not going to complain about it.
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". The text messages. Obviously, my wife is big into social media, so I get a lot of the social media craziness.
It's unclear which outcome will come to fruition, but what we do know is that this will be the most competitive game of the series, and will test the characters of both teams. They did a great job, and we stopped moving the ball.
"I didn't get to the free-throw line yet this series", said Gasol, per Melissa Rohlin of the San Antonio Express-News.