Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins fined $25,000 for public criticism of officiating

Memphis Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins argues with official Derrick Collins after the ejection of forward Jaren Jackson Jr. during the second half of the team's NBA basketball in-season tournament game against the Utah Jazz on Friday, Nov. 10, 2023, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Nikki Boertman)

NEW YORK (AP) — Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Sunday, two days after he publicly criticized officiating following his team's loss to Utah.

Utah took 29 foul shots in that game, while Memphis took 13. The Jazz won 127-121, in a contest where Memphis center Jaren Jackson Jr. was ejected in the third quarter after getting two technical fouls, and Jenkins got a technical in that same sequence as well.

“Saddle up. One of the most poorly officiated games I've ever seen," Jenkins said after that game. “Record it. I'm fine with it. (Expletive) atrocious.”

Memphis was taking an NBA-worst 1-8 record into its game Sunday afternoon against the Los Angeles Clippers.