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Jimmy Butler had more free throw attempts than the entire Celtics' roster. Let that settle in for a minute. Settled? Great. Now let this settle in: the Bull's coach, Fred Hoiberg, complained about the officiating. Confused? Join the club. In a game where Jimmy Butler scored 19 of his team-high 33 points at the charity stripe, and Isaiah Thomas got saddled with 4 fouls early into the 3rd quarter, it was the Bulls' coach, not the Celtics', who had a problem with how the refs called the game. Hoiberg's complaint? Thomas is discontinuing his dribble, and carrying the ball. Carrying, you know, the same thing that pretty much every NBA player does almost every time they touch the ball. The same thing that Dwanye Wade has done for the past decade. Needless to say, Hoiberg's complaint seems like sour grapes. Credit to IT for absolutely dominating when the C's needed him the most. Thomas was on the bench with 4 fouls when the Bulls went on a monster run in the 3rd quarter, erasing the Celtics one time 20-point lead to take a 2-point lead, for only the briefest of moments. Stevens called on the king of the fourth to work his magic a little bit earlier than normal, as Thomas squashed the Bulls momentum, and lead the Celtics to a win, knotting the series at two a piece. Thomas was a staggering +17 in the game, compared to a -4 for Butler, and it was IT's signature game thus far in his early playoff career. Had Thomas not come back into the game when he did, and gone on an ungodly tear, scoring or assisting on the next 16 Celtics points, the Bulls could very easily be holding a 3-1 series lead. Unfortunately for Hoiberg and the Bulls, he did. Which may explain why Hoiberg was so frustrated with Thomas. But instead of giving the man his due, and figuring out how better defend him, Hoiberg went for the lowest hanging fruit, in an apparent effort to either get some calls in game 5, or to pump his life into his team. If the refs call a carrying violation on IT in game 5, shame on the refs. Bottom line is, this pisses me off as a Celtics fan. The Celtics, and specifically IT , never get respect from anyone. Would Hoiberg have made that comment if Lebron James was carrying the ball? I sincerely doubt it. Hoiberg must think that the only way that the generously listed 5'9" Isaiah Thomas can shred his team like Parmesan cheese is by cheating. When it comes to game 5, officials haven't called one violation on him all season long, so why start now? If however, IT does get called for a carry or travel on Wednesday night, it will just add another layer to the man-sized chip on the little guy's robust shoulders. Either way, this just seems like a coach grasping at straws.

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It was such a tone deaf move by him. I thought Wilbon's response was perfect. The NBA should have fined him just for being an idiot. Weird sort of last stand for him to take after choking away a 2-0 lead at home.

That being said the Refs were atrocious last game. The Smart/Butler scuffle was directly attributable to them letting about 5 fouls go on Smart leading up to the steal. The goaltend that Portis had on Rozier was ridiculous. There was another goaltend they missed. The technical on Crowder. I could go on and on.



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