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Tom Thibodeau upset with officiating after Game 3 loss

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01:21 PM ET 05.11 | Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was none too pleased with the officials after the Bulls' 104-94 loss in Game 3 to the Miami Heat on Friday night. In his postgame press conference, Thibodeau insinuated that the refs are not doing his team any favors against the Heat, and that the Bulls would have to play through it. "We're well aware of what's going on," Thibodeau seethed late Friday. "I'm watching how things are going. I watch very closely. What I'm seeing is ??? We'll adjust accordingly." Thibodeau then bluntly admitted that the Bulls won't get many calls, and he was especially critical of LeBron James "flopping" after getting shoved by Nazr Mohammed. "From my angle, I just saw a guy flop." Miami took only five more free throws than Chicago, but did get whistled for 10 less fouls in a very physical contest.

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May 11, 2013  02:00 PM ET

It was a flop just like everyone else is doing. What bugs me is that they worry so much about the flops on the defense - how about offensive flops??? LeBron, and it seems quite a few of the big stars, fake the severity of the fouls. IMO...

May 11, 2013  02:01 PM ET

Thibodeau is nothing but a whiner. The Heat are just a better team.

May 11, 2013  02:31 PM ET

Nazr is a common thug and loss his damn mind. How dare he put his paws on the King. Shady Stern and Stu better suspend that punk for the remainder of the playoffs.

May 11, 2013  02:55 PM ET

Well what is he supposed to say. "My team is just plain dumb, we are playing with 8 man rotation and one of my players get's himself kicked out"

Thibs is no fool, he can't tell the truth or he would look like he doesn't support his players.

But the truth is and Thibs know it, is the Bulls did it to themselves. Game 3 had missed calls, but the ejection wasn't one of them.

What is the ref supposed to do if you violently two hand push a player clearly after a dead ball trying to start a fight that has been brewing for 2 games. They are suppose to kick the player out, and they did.

Also, Noah could have been kicked out too, if Birdman would have reacted more violently to Noah's push, the refs would have had to throw both of them out because Noah started it. Basically Noah was lucky Birdman didn't do anything to be kicked out during that incident or Noah goes too.

If anything the refs took mercy on the Bulls, what happened with the clear path foul to Nate when he fouled Lebron. 4 pt swing.

Or Battier fouling out on missed charge call. Easy call, another 3 pt swing there.

Bellinelli was foul on his 3ptr should have been 4pt play there.

My point is the refs missed calls both ways.

Here is the Bulls problem: They talk too much. If you are going to play rough you can't play rough and run your mouth at the same time, it looks bad to the refs. Especially when the other team is not talking hardly at all and making you look like thugs just intent on giving hard fouls instead of defending.

All the Bulls have done with their style of play is bring attention to themselves from the refs, so each game they are being officiated by results of the previous game. As a coach or player you never want to be officiated on your reputation.

Obviously the Bulls don't have the talent to play with the Heat so they have to rely on hard nose basketball, yet because of their mouths they can't do that anymore without being call for all contact. That's where the Bulls are now and it all because of the reputation they built for themselves.

May 11, 2013  03:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Thibodeau is nothing but a whiner. The Heat are just a better team.

When was Rose cleared to play? I believe he had ample time to get his basketball legs back before the playoffs started.

May 11, 2013  03:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Nazr is a common thug and loss his damn mind. How dare he put his paws on the King. Shady Stern and Stu better suspend that punk for the remainder of the playoffs.

Narz was a sacrificial lamb for coach Thibs.

May 11, 2013  03:28 PM ET

He should be upset. Heat got too many favorable call and non-call. Game 2 was even worse. Battier landed on Noah real hard but the officials just let Battier get some cheap shot because the teams were going on a fast break... Funny that Lebron said he didn't lose his cool on the flop but he was the one one who threw his elbow and shoved Nazr to the ground.

May 11, 2013  04:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

nzar shoved The King when he wasnt looking and caught him off guard. it wasnt a flop he just didnt stop himsefl from falling. and why should he? to keep nzar in the game? The King doesnt owe the bulls any favors

Good point!!! Did Marco Belinelli flop when Chris Andersen got a flagrant foul (game 2), when he pushed Marco Belinelli on the sidelines, sending the Bulls guard sprawling out of bounds??? Why wasn't Anderson ejected from that game?? If you are going to ejected one player for pushing, then you must ejected "ALL" players for shoving and pushing!!! IMO nzar shouldn't have been ejected, as a punch was notthrown. He should have been given a flagrant foul and allowed to stay in the game.

May 11, 2013  04:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

He should be upset. Heat got too many favorable call and non-call. Game 2 was even worse. Battier landed on Noah real hard but the officials just let Battier get some cheap shot because the teams were going on a fast break... Funny that Lebron said he didn't lose his cool on the flop but he was the one one who threw his elbow and shoved Nazr to the ground.

Lebron didn't "only" throw an elbow, he "threw" Nazr to the ground!!!!

May 11, 2013  04:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Thibodeau is nothing but a whiner. The Heat are just a better team.

I don't think "anyone" is questioning, that the Heat is the better team!!!

May 11, 2013  04:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Lebron didn't "only" throw an elbow, he "threw" Nazr to the ground!!!!

He did? That nasty dude.

May 11, 2013  04:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I don't think "anyone" is questioning, that the Heat is the better team!!!

They are only because Chicago is short handed.

May 11, 2013  04:31 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Thibodeau is nothing but a whiner. The Heat are just a better team.

You don't think James is a big whiner????

May 11, 2013  04:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

They are only because Chicago is short handed.

Now that is something you and I can agree on!!!!!!! :-)

May 11, 2013  04:32 PM ET

The Heat vs The Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

May 11, 2013  04:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

You don't think James is a big whiner????

All super-stars are big whiners.

May 11, 2013  04:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

He did? That nasty dude.

Hwey, it's playoof basketball, let the guys play. If it gets too nasty, gives the guys a flagrant foul and move on!!!!

May 11, 2013  04:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

*Hwey, it's playoof basketball, let the guys play. If it gets too nasty, gives the guys a flagrant foul and move on!!!!

*Hey, it's playoff basketball.

 
May 11, 2013  04:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Hwey, it's playoof basketball, let the guys play. If it gets too nasty, gives the guys a flagrant foul and move on!!!!

When I played high school ball you couldn't even touch someone without being called for a foul. The NBA is like a mugging contest.

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