Memphis coach Fizdale blasts 'unprofessional' officiating

The Memphis Grizzlies coach had a bone to pick Monday night after his club lost 96-82 to the San Antonio Spurs to fall into a 2-0 hole in their first-round National Basketball Association playoff series.

The San Antonio Spurs are looking for their second win over Memphis Grizzlies after their Game one win.

The second game between Spurs and Grizzlies' first ball tip-off on 08:30 pm CT at AT&T Center in San Antonio.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 11 points while Danny Green had 12 and Pau Gasol weighed in with 10.

Guard Mark Conley Jr. led the scoring for the Grizzlies with 24 points and a game lead of 8 assists.

The Spurs lead the series, 2-0, with Game 3 set for Thursday in Memphis.

Memphis scored the first six points of the fourth quarter to crawl to within 75-71 but the Spurs responded with a Leonard jumper and a Parker 3-pointer to create a little breathing room.

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The Memphis Grizzlies need a victory here to have any chance of getting back into this series. On Monday night, they trailed by as many as 26 points before leading a second-half comeback. The Spurs only had 12 points in the paint, but got two three-pointers from Parker and Green, in building their huge lead.

The loss put the Grizzlies down 2-0 in the best-of-seven series.

Memphis scored just 54 points in the final three quarters of the first game, an average of 18 points per quarter, and in the first half on Monday night they managed only 37.

After the game, Grizzlies coach David Fizdale took issue with the officiating, noting that the Spurs took 32 free throws while the Grizzlies took 15.

Also, the Grizzlies fans and the people of Memphis can watch this Game 2 on FOX Sports SouthWest, TNT and Listen to WMFS. They shot 18 times in the paint and had 32 free throws, Kawhi shot more free throws than our whole team.

I mean, it's not great that the Spurs allowed a 26-point advantage to get cut to just four, but it is absolutely great that they didn't wilt and let Memphis come all the way back. Vince Carter was assessed a technical foul in the first half after attempting to head-butt Kyle Anderson. But they're not gonna rook us.

INJURY UPDATE: The Grizzlies don't expect defensive stopper Tony Allen (strained right calf) to play in the series. "Explain it to me", an angry Fizdale said. "I'm just hoping for the best". "Honestly, I don't want to get too far ahead, get too up or too down when it comes to that situation". If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.