Print and Go Back ESPN.com: NBA Playoffs 2013 [Print without images]

Sunday, May 12, 2013
Updated: May 13, 12:01 PM ET
Tom Thibodeau fined $35,000

By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has been fined $35,000 for his postgame comments regarding the officiating in Game 3 of the team's Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Miami Heat.

"I see how things are going, I watch very closely," Thibodeau said after Game 3. "We're not going to get calls, that's reality."

Thibodeau was done talking about the issue at shootaround on Monday morning.

"I got no comment on that. We're just getting ready for Game 4," Thibodeau said.

The fiery coach was clearly perturbed about the calls that have been going against the Bulls, though. After Nazr Mohammed was ejected for pushing Heat star LeBron James to the floor, Thibodeau fired back that James might have been acting.

"From my angle, I saw a guy basically flop," Thibodeau said of James. "I don't think it warranted an ejection. I understand a flagrant foul, I understand that, but ejection, no, nope."

On Sunday, James responded to the flop allegations.

"It's kind of the same as when people said I was overrated, I have the same response," James said. "I don't need to flop. I play an aggressive game but I don't flop. I've never been one of those guys. I don't need to flop. I don't even know how to do it. So it doesn't mean much to me."

The series between the Bulls and Heat already has been filled with technical fouls and ejections, and it's clear the players and coaches believe that will continue heading into Game 4.

"Playoff basketball," Thibodeau said after Sunday's practice. "That's normal."

Bulls forward Jimmy Butler agreed.

"Definitely," he said of the physical nature of the series. "I feel like that's what it's been from the very beginning. I don't expect it to change ... the last game, it's over with. But we're coming in and we want to be the aggressor."

ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst contributed to this report.