Chicago Bulls head coach, Fred Hoiberg, said that Boston Celtics guard, Isaiah Thomas was being refereed unfairly.
The Bulls lost Game Four of their first round 2017 National Basketball League Playoff series with the Celtics on Sunday night. The 104-95 loss tied the series up at two games apiece. Celtics All Star guard, Isaiah Thomas, scored 33 points in the victory, shined in his role as closer. Hoiberg, however, was not impressed by the diminutive guard. He claimed that Thomas had been blatantly carrying and traveling and not being called for it during the game.
“Let me say this, Isaiah Thomas is a hell of a player,” admitted Hoiberg. “An unbelievable competitor — he’s a warrior, everything he’s going through right now. He had a hell of a game tonight. But when you’re allowed to discontinue your dribble on every possession, he is impossible to guard. He’s impossible to guard when you’re able to put your hand underneath the ball and take two or three steps and put it back down. It’s impossible to guard him in those situations.”
Hoiberg claimed that he had already notified officials about the violations and hoped that they might be on watch for it. According to Hoiberg, officials told him that they would be watching for it specifically in Game Four.
“They talk about it every year,” said Hoiberg. “They talk about it every year, being a point of emphasis. It should be called. I’ve said all I’m going to say about it. I’m not going to talk about it anymore.”