Spurs, Cavaliers look to take big step toward series sweeps

Just as Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale had his players' backs when he blasted officials after a Game 2 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Grizzlies players have his back.

The NBA fined Fizdale $30,000 Wednesday for his criticism of the officials after Game 2. San Antonio won 96-82.

Over at the Quicken Loans Arena, Kyrie Irving scored 37 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame a fierce late fightback from the Indiana Pacers to hold on for a 117-111 victory and take a 2-0 series lead in their Eastern Conference play-off duel.

He complained about the discrepancy in fouls called against the Grizzlies and Spurs players.

It is also worth noting that Fizdale is now in the midst of his first season as a National Basketball Association head coach.

The Grizzlies-Spurs series switches to Memphis for Game 3 on Thursday night. "I'm close, but I'm not going to play the second game".

The trio of Crawford, Spooner and Mott have officiated more than 400 playoff games over careers that span more than two decades for each, but Fizdale was irate with their performance. I know [Spurs coach Gregg Popovich] has pedigree and I'm a young rookie, but they're not gonna rook us! "And if two of the three guys play well and we get someone to pitch in off the bench we're pretty unstoppable".

"I'm not going to let them treat us that way", Fizdale told reporters.




It turns out that was a $30,000 rant by Grizzlies coach David Fizdale on Monday night.

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

"As far as getting to the free-throw line?" 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.

"But, again, I'm not going to emphasize it. In my case, to help my team, and that's it".

"I just don't understand it", Randolph answered when I asked about him attempting zero free throws despite the league cred he has earned with his hard-hat approach over 17 seasons.

"Zach Randolph, the most rugged guy in the game, had zero free throws", Fizdale said after the game. In both games, his stats have surpassed his season average of 10.1 points.

It was not enough for Memphis to walk away with a victory.

Knicks President Phil Jackson suggested last week a trade may be best for the team and its leading scorer, saying the Knicks "have not been able to win with him on the court at this time".

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