Thibodeau fined after Game 3 comments

Thibodeau fined after Game 3 comments

May 12, 2013, 1:30 pm
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DEERFIELD, Ill.-Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was fined $35,000 for his comments following the Bulls' Game 3 loss Friday night at the United Center, the league announced Sunday.

Thibodeau said that he hadn't heard from the league yet immediately after the Bulls' practice Sunday afternoon at the Berto Center, but the fine was announced following the media-availability portion of the session.

Through a Bulls spokesman, Thibodeau declined comment about the fine, saying that he preferred to focus on Monday night's Game 4.

Regarding a possible suspension or fine for Bulls backup center Nazr Mohammed, who was ejected from Game 3 for shoving league MVP LeBron James in retaliation for being thrown to the ground himself, Thibodeau was dismissive.

[RELATED: Mohammed, Bulls dispute ejection over James shove]

"You know what? We're not even focused on that," he said. "That's gone. We're just getting ready for Game 4."

Mohammed, who hadn't heard from league yet either, also deflected the focus to Game 4.

"We're not really going to talk about that today. I'm trying to move on from that. I think I talked pretty long and I waited for you guys and kind of explained everything the other night. I don't want to keep dragging it on, dragging it on. I mean, I think I covered everything. I mean, what do you think? You were there the whole time," he said. "Take it for what I covered. I don't really want to keep dwelling on it. I'm just getting myself prepared to play tomorrow. You know it's a big game for us. We have to defend our home court. They took back home-court advantage by coming in our gym and winning, and the most important thing is to win tomorrow."