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

Sunday May 12th, 2013

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'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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