Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff blasts referees: Mike Conley doesn’t get respect

MEMPHIS — With the Memphis Grizzlies trailing by one point with 2:30 remaining in an eventual 112-103 loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday night, Mike Conley found himself in a favorable matchup.

A pick-and-roll with Marc Gasol forced Boston big man Al Horford to switch onto Conley.

The Grizzlies' 31-year-old aspiring All-Star blew past Horford before the basketball suddenly squirted away into the arms of Kyrie Irving, who started a Celtics fast break.

Irving dished to Gordon Hayward, who put Boston up 100-97 with an easy lay-in as Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff jumped up and down on the sideline screaming at the officiating crew.

Bickerstaff believed Horford hit Conley on the arm as Conley drove.

There was no whistle.

A subsequent Grizzlies' collapse and postgame cooling off period did little to redirect Bickerstaff's frustrations as he spoke with reporters after the game.

"We didn't play perfect, but that's a huge missed call," Bickersaff said.

Bickerstaff referred to Conley's inability to draw whistles as a "running theme."

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