Tom Thibodeau: Officiating Not to Blame
Maybe a $35,000 fine from the league office was enough to change Tom Thibodeau’s tune when it comes to officiating in the NBA playoffs.
Three days after he insisted his team wouldn’t get any calls against Miami, Thibodeau said the series isn’t about officiating – and never has been.
The Bulls were whistled for 10 technical fouls and had three players ejected in the series’ first three games. Although Thibodeau said his players can’t get wrapped up “in the things that are unimportant,” he knows the Bulls – still playing without guards Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich – can’t afford to change their playing style. Forward Luol Deng was shifted to active status just before Monday’s game.
“For us, we’re shorthanded, we understand we have to do it collectively and we have to do it with great intensity,” Thibodeau said before Monday night’s Game 4 at the United Center. “That’s our only chance.”