Grizzlies Coach Blasts “Arrogant” Refs After Loss

After a free throw disparity of 40-25 in favor of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Memphis Grizzlies were, to say the least, not happy with the officiating in Game 4 of their series, now tied at 2 games apiece after the T-Wolves win.

"One of the most poorly officiated games I’ve ever seen," said Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins. And he didn't stop there.

“I’ve never seen a more inconsistent, arrogant officiated game,” Jenkins continued, adamant that he's ready to take any fines the NBA throws at him. “So, I’ll take whatever hit is coming my way, protect our guys... From the get-go, it was foul, foul, foul, foul, foul. Inconsistency. There was actually one play where a foul whistle was blown before contact was even made. It’s embarrassing.”

"Terrible. I'll take (my fine) too."

And Jenkins wasn't the only one in the Grizzlies locker room ready to take a hit in the pocketbook from the league. Star point guard Ja Morant said, "Terrible... I’m right behind coach... So, I’ll take mine, too.”

Dillon Brooks said he's prepared to pay his coach's fine: “I’ve got his check for him," after giving his own assessment of the refs. "I felt like they just wanted to run the show. They wanted their name on the TV. Their name’s all over that TV, all three of them.”

All five of Memphis's starters finished with at least 4 fouls. 

Crucial Game 5 is back in Memphis on Tuesday, where the Grizzlies will have their home fans back behind them, but will also likely be a little bit lighter in the pocketbook.

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