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Grizzlies coach David Fizdale fined $30,000 by NBA for criticizing officials

Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale has been fined $30,000 by the NBA for “public criticism of the officiating” following Monday’s 96-82 Game 2 loss to the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center.

The fine was announced Wednesday morning by Kiki VanDeWeghe, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

Fizdale didn’t hold back in blasting the officiating in the Game 2 setback, calling it “unacceptable” and “unprofessional.”

“We don’t get the respect that these guys deserve because Mike Conley doesn’t go crazy, he has class and he just plays the game,” Fizdale said in part, via NBA.com. “But I’m not going to let them treat us that way. I know (San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has) got pedigree and I’m a young rookie, but they are not going to rook us.

“That’s unacceptable, that was unprofessional. My guys dug in that game and earned the right to be in that game and they did not even give us a chance.”

The fine was universally expected in large part to how explicitly Fizdale called out the officiating crew. But it was the manner in which the Grizzlies head coach closed out his now-infamous rant that drew the most attention.

As he slammed a pen on the table, Fizdale stated, “Take that for data” before storming off in a huff.

The closing line quickly became such a popular catchphrase the Grizzlies teased it as possible subject of a new shirt.

The Grizzlies will attempt to crawl out of a 0-2 first-round series hole with Thursday’s Game 3 showdown with the Spurs at FedEx Forum.

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