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The NBA slapped Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau with a $35,000 fine for criticizing the officials after the Bulls' 104-94 loss to the Miami Heat on Friday night in the second-round playoff series, league executive vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson announced Sunday.

Thibodeau questioned some of the referees' calls against the Bulls in Game 3 in Chicago, referring in particular to Chicago's Jimmy Butler guarding Heat star LeBron James and whistles against Nazr Mohammad and Joakim Noah, who received a technical in the first quarter for shoving Miami's Chris Andersen.

"When you play this team, you have to have a lot of mental, physical and emotional toughness," Thibodeau said after the game. "Things aren't going to go your way. That's the way it is. We're not going to get calls. That's the reality. We've still got to find a way to get it done and we can."

Thibodeau also questioned the ejection of Mohammad, the Bulls' backup center, after he shoved James with 9:29 left in the second quarter.

The injury-plagued Bulls trail 2-1 in the best-of-seven series heading into Game 4 on Monday night in Chicago.

--- The status of Bulls forward Luol Deng and guard Kirk Hinrich is uncertain for Monday's s Game 4 against the Miami Heat.

Deng is still ill and he has vomited the past few days while trying to warm up with teammates.

Hinrich is still bothered by a calf injury.

--New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith, who played in Game 3 on Saturday despite a high fever, did not participate in Sunday's practice.

Kenyon Martin also missed Sunday's practice with an illness.

It is assumed both will play in Tuesday's Game 4 of the second-round series against the Indiana Pacers, but it depends on their recovery.
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