MINNEAPOLIS – Memphis Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins often has a cool, calm demeanor, but he felt a need to stand up for his players after their 119-118 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves in Game 4 of their NBA playoff series Saturday.
“In my opinion, it’s one of the most poorly played games I’ve ever seen in my NBA career,” Jenkins said at the Target Center. “All five of our starters are cross-border in the first quarter.”
Each Grizzlies starter had two errors at the 11:32 mark in the second quarter. This trend continued into the second half as four Grizzlies starters had four errors by the end of the third quarter.
The Timberwolves had 40 free throw attempts and the Grizzlies finished with 33 errors.
Jaren Jackson Jr. made mistakes on what appeared to be a questionable call, which was also reported for an obvious mistake.
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Jenkins also pointed to a game in which he said officials whistled off before making contact with a Timberwolves player.
“I’ve never seen a more inconsistent, arrogant official game,” Jenkins said. “It’s embarrassing. I’m speechless. I do not want to go so far as to say that is why we lost, but I want to let it be known that it is messy.”
Jenkins said he will take the fine the NBA gives him. He said his message was about standing up for his players.
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