NBA fines Griz­zlies’ Fiz­dale $30,000 for of­fi­ci­at­ing rant

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MEM­PHIS, TENN. | The NBA has fined Griz­zlies coach David Fiz­dale $30,000 for his rant against the of­fi­ci­at­ing in Mem­phis’ 96-82 loss to San An­to­nio in Game 2 of their first-round play­off se­ries.

The league an­nounced the fine Wed­nes­day. The Griz­zlies are prac­tic­ing later Wed­nes­day with the se­ries switch­ing to Mem­phis for Game 3 on Thurs­day night.

Fiz­dale blasted the of­fi­ci­at­ing in a nearly two-minute tirade dur­ing his postgame in­ter­view postgame on Mon­day night, call­ing the work of vet­eran crew Danny Craw­ford, Rod­ney Mott and Bill Spooner “un­pro­fes­sional” and “un­ac­cept­able” be­fore slam­ming his fist on a table and storming off.

The first-year head coach rat­tled off the num­bers not­ing Kawhi Leonard took more free throws (19) than all his Griz­zlies (15) de­spite Mem­phis at­tempt­ing 17 more shots in the paint than San An­to­nio.

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