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Tom Thibodeau: Don't blame Omer Asik

Updated: January 17, 2011, 2:48 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau defended Omer Asik after the backup center was criticized by Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh for rolling into Bosh's ankle on Saturday.

Chasing after a loose ball in the third quarter of the Bulls' 96-93 victory, Asik dove on the floor and rolled over Bosh's ankle. Bosh was visibly upset after the play but accepted a peace offering by Asik soon after. Bosh left the game and did not return.

X-rays were negative but Bosh missed ...

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