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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