"It's unfortunate that I've got a guy like point guard Mike Conley that in his whole career has got zero technical fouls and just cannot seem to get the proper respect Mattias Janmark Green Stars Jersey from the officials that he deserves," Fizdale said after Memphis fell to a 2-0 deficit. "It was a very poorly officiated basketball game."
The Grizzlies overcame a 19-point halftime deficit, which had swelled to as large as 26, to pull to within four points at the 10:08 mark of the third quarter.
Despite the furious comeback, Memphis fell short. Kawhi Leonard finished the game hitting http://www.officialcanucksprostore.com/Womens_Youth_Brandon_Sutter_... 19-of-19 from the free throw line to become the first player since Dirk Nowitzki in 2011 to hit 19 or more in a row from the charity stripe without a miss in the playoffs.
"Zach Randolph, the most rugged guy in the game, had zero free throws," Fizdale said as he stared down at the box score from Monday's game. "But somehow, Kawhi Leonard had 19 free throws. First half, we shot 19 shots in the paint, and we had six free throws. They shot 11 times in the paint, and they had 23 free throws. I'm not a numbers guy, but that doesn't seem to add up. Overall, 35 times we shot the ball in the paint. We had 15 free throws for the game. They shot 18 times in the paint and had 32 free throws. Kawhi shot more free throws than our whole team. Explain it to me."
Given San Antonio's championship pedigree, legendary coach Gregg Popovich and Memphis' relative http://www.authenticbluejacketsstore.com/scott-hartnell-jersey_c-42... lack of postseason success, Fizdale doesn't believe the officials gave his team proper respect on calls. Officials whistled Memphis for a total of 22 fouls, compared to 13 for the Spurs.
"We don't get the respect that these guys deserve Adidas Steve Larmer NHL Jersey because Mike Conley doesn't go crazy. He has class, and he just plays the game," Fizdale said. "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. That's unacceptable. That was unprofessional. Our guys dug in that game and earned the right to be in that game. And they did not even give us a chance."
Conley agreed with Fizdale that San Antonio's history of postseason success gives it a leg up with the officials when compared to the Grizzlies.