Long after the buzzer sounded on the Memphis Grizzlies' Game 2 loss to the San Antonio Spurs to drop to a two-game deficit in the teams' first-round series, first-year head coach David Fizdale was still coaching.
NEED TO KNOW: The Spurs have won nine straight in the postseason against Memphis, sweeping series in 2013 and 2016.
"It's unfortunate that I've got a guy like Mike Conley, who in his whole career's got zero technical fouls, and just can not seem to get the proper respect from the officials that he deserves", Fizdale said of the game that saw the Grizzlies get just 15 chances from the line compared with the Spurs' 32.
Trend: The Spurs are 3-1 ATS in their last four playoff games in Memphis. And, the main issue: the Memphis Grizzlies have no answer for MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard. The Pacers have done a good job keeping close tabs on the marksman so far, and they better be careful in Game 3 as Korver made eight 3-pointers and scored 29 on his last visit to Indianapolis on February 8, when the Cavs scored 132 points.
Leonard, who shot 9-of-14 from the floor and made all 19 of his free throws, also collected 11 rebounds and became the first Spurs player with 35 points and 10 rebounds in the playoffs since Tim Duncan did it against the Phoenix Suns in 2008. Going down 3-0 in this series is a death blow, but if they could cut it to 2-1, anything possible.
San Antonio owned a 56-37 lead at the half with Leonard pacing all scorers with 18 points.
Fiz and the Griz are back in town at the Forum after opening their NBA Playoff Series with two hard losses at San Antonio.
San Antonio point guard Tony Parker was dismissive Wednesday when he was asked what he expects from the officials in Game 3.
The Grizzlies trail the Spurs 0-2, and Memphis has no room for errors in any aspect of a game. They corralled him just past half court near the sideline, nobody flashed middle for the Spurs and as Leonard tried to call a timeout, he was called out of bounds.
Fizdale and his players can't boast the cachet Gregg Popovich and San Antonio possess.
"I assume that a guy that has been 20-plus years, successful and has the status of coach Pop, then I'm a guy who just comes into the league and gets a head coaching job, I might not get the same treatment", Gasol said. Memphis tried to play physical coming off of screens and on drive - but Leonard drew fouls around the basket. The team is going to have to get behind a raucous crowd to find a way to win the most important game of this season. Aldridge and Ginobili are good 3-point shooters at 39 and 41 percent respectively, but Memphis decided they had to force someone besides Leonard to shoot. They shot 18 times in the paint and shot 32 free throws. Zach Randolph was sacked up, seemingly frustrated for not being rewarded with free throws. My guys dug in that game and earned the right to be in that game.
"I just saw turnovers", Lue said.
Can the Memphis Grizzlies even out the series? Grizzlies F JaMychal Green split his rookie season (2014-15) between San Antonio and Memphis.