The Memphis Grizzlies sent shockwaves through NBA circles Monday when they fired coach David Fizdale. Nuggets’ coach Michael Malone has sympathy for Fizdale. He was also fired near the quarter-pole in his second season with a franchise. In December 2014, Malone was relieved of his duties as the Sacramento Kings coach after amassing a 28-54 record in his first year and an 11-13 mark to start his sophomore season. “It really reminded me of my situation in Sacramento,” Malone said. “Mike Conley goes out. They go 0-7, 0-8. DeMarcus Cousins gets viral meningitis. We go two and whatever. And I get fired. He gets fired. David Fizdale is going to be back in the league as a head coach and he’ll be in a better situation just like I am.”
Scott Agness: Pacers earn their 41st win of the season, 111-100 over the Wizards. Now 2-0 in the restart. Pacers used runs of 20-2 and 22-2 to grow their lead, as large as 22. T.J. Warren had 34/11/4/4. Brogdon added 20/7/6. Up next: vs Orlando tomorrow in their only b2b.
Scott Agness: Malcolm Brogdon (sore neck) is questionable for today’s game against the Wizards at 4pm. Victor Oladipo (rehab) is doubtful. This is their only back-to-back in the bubble and he won’t play in both games. They face his first team, the Magic, on Tuesday.