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Bulls' Tom Thibodeau fined $35,000 for public criticism of officials

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Tom Thibodeau said LeBron James flopped. And he's the one who ended up getting fined.

The league announced Sunday that Thibodeau has been fined $35,000 for public criticism of officiating following the Bulls' Game 3 loss to the Heat.

After the game, which featured Nazr Mohammed being ejected after shoving James, Thibodeau said the MVP "flopped."

“From my angle,” Thibodeau said, “I just saw a guy flop.”

The series has been extremely chippy and physical, with the Bulls racking up technical fouls. In Game 2, both Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson were ejected after protesting calls.

"We're not going to get calls," Thibodeau said after Game 3. "That's reality."

"We're well aware of what's going on," Thibodeau said on Friday. "I'm watching how things are going. I watch very closely. What I'm seeing is …

"… We'll adjust accordingly."

The Bulls are known for their toughness and physicality, and have deployed that type of strategy on the Heat before, which led to LeBron complaining about "non-basketball plays" in the regular season.

Not that it's the best indicator of it, but in Game 3 the Heat took 30 free throws to Chicago's 25 -- and were called for only 20 fouls to Chicago's 30. The Heat have been called for fewer fouls and attempted more free throws in two of the three games.

Game 4 is Monday in Chicago.

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