Video: Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins shoves Jerryd Bayless
Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins shoved reserve guard Jerryd Bayless into his seat on the bench after pulling him from the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals against the Spurs on Monday.
Hollins used his left arm to shove Bayless’ right arm as the 24-year-old moved toward an open seat. Bayless stared back at his coach, and a Grizzlies assistant had to step between Hollins and Bayless as the two continued to exchange words.
The exchange occurred with 3:54 left in the fourth quarter with the Spurs leading 89-81. The Grizzlies had conceded a mid-range jumper to Tony Parker on San Antonio’s previous possession; ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy said Hollins had wanted Bayless to help contest the shot. Bayless checked back into the game at the 2:27 mark. He finished with eight points (on 3-for-10 shooting) and two assists in 24 minutes.
San Antonio went on to win 93-86 to complete the four-game sweep over Memphis. The Spurs advance to the 2013 Finals, where they will face either the Heat or the Pacers. Game 1 is set for June 6.
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