Chicago Bulls: referees

Boozer questions free-throw disparity

May, 6, 2012
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
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Carlos BoozerJesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty ImagesCarlos Boozer, taking a shot against Elton Brand, thought the officials missed some fouls in Game 4.
PHILADELPHIA -- Carlos Boozer tried his best to ignore the fact that his Chicago Bulls went to the free throw line 17 fewer times than the Philadelphia 76ers in Sunday afternoon’s 89-82 Game 4 loss, but he couldn't help himself when the topic came up.

"It's crazy," Boozer said of the 31-14 disparity. "I thought we were driving. I thought Luol [Deng] was driving almost every time he got the ball. He was getting contact on a lot of his shots. I thought C.J. [Watson] was driving the ball. There was one play at the end of the game [when] he got hit right in the face. I saw the whole play and he didn't get that call."

But then Boozer channeled his inner Tom Thibodeau. As much he would like to blame the officials for the fact that his team is now down 3-1 in its Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, he knows better.

"Listen, we're not going to sit here and blame the referees for our loss," Boozer said. "It was our fault we lost the game. We gave up 25 points in the fourth quarter. There were too many points in the fourth quarter. We didn't lose the game because of the refs, but the discrepancy was huge. And I thought we were being pretty aggressive, we got in the penalty early, but we didn't get as many free throws as they did. That's tough, but at the same time that's not why we lost. We lost because we didn't contain their guards in the fourth quarter."

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Derrick Rose lashes out at referees

March, 12, 2012
3/12/12
11:26
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Isaacson By Melissa Isaacson
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CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose uncharacteristically lashed out at officials during and after his team's 104-99 victory over the New York Knicks Monday night, showing his frustration at what he sees as a lack of fouls called against those defending him.

"I've gotta be the only superstar in the league that's going through what I'm going through right now," the reigning MVP said. "But I can't say too much about it."

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Bulls irked by call after false whistle

January, 29, 2012
1/29/12
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Friedell By Nick Friedell
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MIAMI -- The Chicago Bulls felt an inadvertent whistle cost them possession and was a potential difference-maker in their 97-93 loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday afternoon.

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