Grizzlies players pledge to collectively reimburse David Fizdale's fine

As opposed to reports swirling around our hockey club, Memphis Grizzlies players have pledged pay coach David Fizdale's punishment for - justifiably and with panache - ripping National Basketball Association referees new whistle holes.

The first-year Memphis coach rattled off the numbers, particularly pointing out that Kawhi Leonard took more free throws (19) than the Grizzlies (15) despite Memphis taking 17 more shots in the paint than San Antonio. We don't get the respect that these guys deserve because (point guard) Mike Conley doesn't go insane, he has class and just plays the game, but I'm not going to let them treat us that way.

The series shifts to the FedExForum as the Memphis Grizzlies play host to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 on Thursday. Kawhi shot more free throws than are whole team. I know Pop's got pedigree and I'm a young rookie, but they're not gonna rook us.

"Our offense went in the toilet due to their great defense", Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said when asked about the team's play in the fourth quarter.

Fizdale called the officiating "unprofessional" and "unacceptable".

The first-round series moves to Memphis as the Spurs hold a 2-0 lead.

Memphis closed within 75-71 early in the fourth quarter but San Antonio responded with 3-pointers by Parker and Pau Gasol in rebuilding their double-digit lead. The disparity with the Spurs may not have been because of officiating in a single game, but more likely because the Grizzlies' inside shots often rely on pivot moves or quick stops instead of the bruising drives that are rewarded with free throws, and due to their season-long penchant for fouling shooters. "I'm just going to keep my head down, keep focused, try to play through it the best I can and keep my teammates from letting it affect them mentally".

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"We told him right away, you're not going to have to pay that", the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Zach Randolph added 18 points (9-of-18), 10 rebounds and three steals and Marc Gasol finished with 12 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Grizzlies.

Tonight at 10 on WMC Action News 5, Coach Fizdale and the players talk about what's needed to make that game a Memphis victor.

He did, excoriating the refs in an epic rant before signing off with "Take that for data!" - perhaps a nod to the analytics obsessed - and slamming the podium on his way out the door.

"I just said thanks for standing up for us, he didn't have to do anything".

Gasol said he doesn't think that the referees were trying to disrespect Fizdale in Game 2, and said sometimes the fouls go your way, sometimes they don't.

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