Grizzlies center Marc Gasol is angry and confused about not playing in the fourth quarter Sunday evening during a home loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

Memphis suffered its eighth straight defeat with Gasol sitting for the final 12 minutes.

Coach David Fizdale said he simply made decision to ride a lineup that cut a 19-point deficit to five points. Gasol said he was never given an explanation by anyone on the coaching staff, and called the benching an “awkward situation.”

“I don’t like it one bit,” Gasol said. “I’m more (angry) than I can show, and frustrated. But for the benefit of the team, I’ve got to show good leadership and continue to do my job.”

Gasol spoke calmly for about 15 minutes in the locker room after the game. The Grizzlies’ media relations director attempted to end the interview twice. The 7-footer kept inviting questions. His remarks were measured and pointed.