Grizzlies coach David Fizdale goes off on refs after Game 2 loss

Leonard's 37 points lead Spurs by Grizzlies 96-82

Leonard's 37 points lead Spurs by Grizzlies 96-82

David Fizdale has been fined $30,000 for publicly criticizing the officiating following Memphis' Game 2 loss to the Spurs. 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.

The first-year head coach rattled off the numbers noting Kawhi Leonard took more free throws (19) than all his Grizzlies (15) despite Memphis attempting 17 more shots in the paint than San Antonio.

"I'm not a numbers guy, but that doesn't seem to add up", Fizdale said.

Leonard opened the game by making his first three shots and four free throws as the Spurs opened up a 13-point lead, the same deficit they faced in the opening period Saturday.

Fizdale finished his rant saying, "I know Pop's got pedigree and I'm just a young rookie coach but they're not gonna rook us".

Fizdale ripped the officiating after the Grizzlies' 96-82 loss to the Spurs on Monday night to fall behind 2-0 in the Western Conference first-round best-of-seven playoff series. Kawhi shot more free throws than our whole team - explain it to me.

What irked Fizdale most was the disparity in fouls called during the game. "They shot 18 times in the paint and had 32 free throws".

"If it rallies our fans - and it sounds like we're selling T-shirts and the money is going back into the community - it's worth it for me", Fizdale said.

The Grizzlies were assessed 22 personal fouls, sending the Spurs to the free throw line 32 times, of which they made all but one shot. Some Grizzlies' sponsors have already said they would pay any fine Fizdale might have incurred from these comments, so his wallet might not take a hit. That's unacceptable, that's unprofessional. "My guys dug in that game and earned the right to be in that game, and they did not even give us a chance".

San Antonio kept pouring it on in the second quarter and the Grizzlies had no answer, growing more frustrated with every empty possession. He became the fifth player since 2006 to score 1,000 points in his first 46 playoff games, joining Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook.