MINNEAPOLIS – Memphis Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins tore up game officials after Saturday’s Grizzlies defeated 119: 118 in the 4th round of the first round series against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“We have to play better, but in my opinion [this was] “One of the worst games I’ve ever seen in my NBA career,” Jenkins told his post-match news conference. “All five of our starters in the first quarter fouled.” Ten plus difference fouls, 40 free throws. Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either.
“So I’ll take all the action that comes my way. I have to protect our boys. We know we have to improve, but from the beginning it was a foul, a foul, a foul, a foul, a foul, an inconsistency. It was actually one game where it was whistled “a foul before the contact took place. It’s embarrassing.”
In Game 4, Memphis officials whistled 33 personal fouls, compared to 23 in Minnesota, with the first five Grizzlies totaling 25.
“I don’t even want to talk about office,” Grizzlies striker Dillon Brooks said. “Growing up when I was in the league for the first three years and watching the playoffs basketball, hardly anyone called. They let the players play and they figured it out. I felt like they just wanted to run the show.” They want their name on TV and their names are everywhere on that TV, all three.
The series, a 2-2 draw back to Memphis for Tuesday’s match 5, was marked by key player fouls. In Game 2, the teams teamed up to attempt 33 free throws in the first quarter. Grizzlies’ big man Jaren Jackson Jr., one of the team’s most prominent defenders, collected 20 personal fouls in four matches and converted only 14 goals from the field. He fouled on Saturday night and there were 4:29 left in the game.
The Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns is also a problem. In games 2 and 3, he sat for a considerable time on the bench with foul problems, both Timberwolves lost.