Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale was not happy following his team’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night.
In Game 2 of the First Round series, the Grizzlies stumbled out of the gate and were never able to recover. It didn’t help Memphis that they were struggling to get to the line while the Spurs were racking up free throws.
That’s part of what irked Fizdale.
Fizdale went on an epic tirade during his postgame press conference where he blasted the officials for being “unprofessional.” Fizdale provided statistics to show the discrepancy in the amount of fouls each team drew on the night, before capping off his press with an epic line: “Take that for data!”
Check it out:
“It was a very poorly officiated basketball game. Zach Randolph, the most rugged guy in the game, has zero free throws, but somehow Kawhi Leonard had 19 free throws? I’m not a numbers guy, but that doesn’t seem to add up. 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. 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. Take that for data!”
You tell ’em, coach!
We will have to see if the rant lights a fire under the Grizzlies prior to Game 3 on Thursday night. Memphis currently trails San Antonio in the series, 2-0.