The Memphis Grizzlies lost Game 2 of their first round series against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night, 96-82. Despite their best efforts, the Grizzlies looked thoroughly outmatched against the No. 2 seed.
After the game Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale did what he could to try to rile up his guys as they head back to Tennessee for Game 3.
Apparently, that meant going off on the officiating team of Danny Crawford, Rodney Mott, and Bill Spooner.
At his postgame press conference, Fizdale cited myriad statistics related around points in the paint and foul differential as a means to prove his point.
Ok “They not gone rook us” is forever going to be a classic quotable in NBA circles from here on out. As is “take that for data”. So I’m glad we have that.
Meanwhile, there was more than a 2:1 ratio of free throws in favor of the Spurs. The Grizzlies had 22 fouls compared to 13 for San Antonio.
Game 3 is in Memphis on on Thursday. The Spurs lead the series, 2-0.
I am sure we will hear how big the fine from the league will be for Mr. Fizdale before the two teams tip back in Memphis.