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Reports: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau fined $35,000 for criticizing referees

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has been fined $35,000 for criticizing officials following his team's Game 3 loss on Friday night, according to multiple reports.

At his postgame press conference, Thibodeau said that his team is not going to "get calls" and explained the Heat's 34-24 fourth quarter edge by saying, "they got to the free-throw line."

The game was tied at 70 entering that fourth quarter. Miami won, 104-94, to take a 2-1 series lead, shooting 30 free throws -- including 14 in the final quarter -- compared to Chicago's 25.


Thibodeau was particularly critical of Bulls center Nazr Mohammed's controversial ejection in the second quarter for shoving Heat star LeBron James.

From SI.com's NBA blog, Point Forward:

“From my angle, I just saw a guy, basically, flop,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I’m going to leave it at that.”


"I didn't think it warranted an ejection. I understand flagrant foul. I understand that," Thibodeau said. "But ejection? No. No. No."
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