Chicago Bulls get what they expect: No flagrant foul

NBA rules hit late on Brad Miller just 'personal' K.C. Johnson On the Bulls 5:47 PM CDT, April 29, 2009 Blame Michael Jordan . Full Story
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Creighton

Evanston, IL

#1 Apr 29, 2009
According to the rules it was a flagrent foul, that said the playoffs are different when it comes to fouls. Bulls just need to put a hurting on Rondo in this game, have Miller drop him on his head and crack his skull. To bad so sad. Celtics won't be able to say a damn thing, they are as dirty a team as it gets. If they want a rough game give it to them. They know it's comming to.

KG is the biggest punk in the NBA, talking smack while he sits on the bench is just weak. I don't care if guys who are playing do it, but when you can't even get on the court, just sit there and shut it.
To David Stern

Highland, IN

#2 Apr 29, 2009
If you don't get your act and your officials act together, you'll soon be Vince McMahon and the commissioner of the World Wrestling Federation. Your imbeciles reviewed the tape for hours for what should have taken 30 FREAKIN SECONDS TO FIGURE OUT. RONDO BIFFED THE GUY, JERK OFF!
Jim Bob

Pensacola, FL

#3 Apr 29, 2009
Great game. Both teams deserved to win. Rondo deliverded a cheap shot on Miller. From Boston's point of view it was a good play and maybe saved the game. He got away with it.

Rose's last two turnovers in the waning minutes were killers. Rondo outlpayed him big time. Rose needs to have a great game Thursday. The Bulls sure did show alot of heart. Go Bulls!!!
Brian

Normal, IL

#4 Apr 29, 2009
Look, nobody is arguing that the Bulls blew the lead, but you can easily say that Boston rallied to get back into it. Whatever the case, it's not important why they were in that situation. All that matters is that the Bulls were in a position to at least tie the game, and they drew up a *perfect* play to get that done. Boston couldn't stop the play legitimatley, so Rondo committed what was clearly a flagrant foul.

That's not the officials deciding the game. Rules are rules, and Boston resorted to that to keep the Bulls from scoring. I would argue that by not wanting to determine the ending of the game, the officials determined the ending of the game, as had Rondo not committed that foul it would surely be a tie, yet the officials decided to not acknowledge it and thus allowed Boston to get away with murder.

I'm not mad because the Bulls lost, i'm mad because they would have tied the game without the cheap foul, and they probably would have had an opportunity to win the game had the foul been called based on the rules of the game. And it wasn't, and the Bulls were denied an opportunity they were entitled to. THAT is what is infuriating.
Wooly Bully

Orland Park, IL

#5 Apr 29, 2009
It's a shame; the Bulls could be up 3-2 in this series - or could have won it by now. They are playing pretty evenly with the Garnett-less Celtics.

If/when the Bulls learn how to finish a game, a call like this won't matter.
manny

Rockville, MD

#6 Apr 29, 2009
I'm sick to my stomach with this foul outcome. but i am looking forward to a more physical game thursday.

Go give em hell bulls!
BKfromFL

Boston, MA

#7 Apr 29, 2009
This article is written remarkably similar to
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2009/c...
Not identical, but VERY close.
stosh

Whiting, IN

#8 Apr 29, 2009
BKfromFL wrote:
This article is written remarkably similar to
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2009/c...
Not identical, but VERY close.
so what?
Bob

Schaumburg, IL

#9 Apr 29, 2009
Personally, I haven't watched a National Association of Basketball Referees exhibition in years. Decades even.

Which reminds me: is the WWF still out there too? Does any adult actually believe either is legit?

“Think First, Speak Second”

Since: Jun 08

Washington D.C.

#10 Apr 29, 2009
Superior coaching, superior team effort, superior mental toughness.

Celtics are superior when the game is on the line.

Read the scouting report.
michael p coy

Montgomery, IL

#11 Apr 29, 2009
We are talking Current Champion Team! You have to Win The Game so that Calls do not change the OutCome!
cubsnsknsfan

United States

#12 Apr 29, 2009
Dwight Howard got a technical foul and a one game suspension for an elbow to the head yet Rondo biffed Miller's face and Miller needed stitches. I am just upset at this ridiculous call. The NBA and the officials need to realize that if a guy is walking around woozy and had blood oozing from his mouth that it was not a slap on the wrist foul.

Seriously, what comes around goes around and I hope the Celtics get their just revenge!
Csin6

South Easton, MA

#14 Apr 29, 2009
cubsnsknsfan wrote:
I hope the Celtics get their just revenge!
RIGHT ON! Rose or Gordon should hard foul Perk as he goes to the hoop. That would really show 'em. Of course Perk, unlike "deer in the headlights" Miller would probably make it a three point play, and soccer flopping Gordon would might re-"injure" his hammy on the play. Better to just let them play basketball.
spider

Burnsville, MN

#15 Apr 29, 2009
Why does everyone here seemed so surprised that Boston has a 3-2 lead. Let's start with game 1 Noah gets fouled hard officials debate no flagrant foul then the phatom foul at the end to put Pierce on the line thru it all the Bulls found away to win, game 2 Bulls up by 10 late in the game same as game 5, did any true Chicago fan expect the NBA to let the Bulls win especially against the storied Boston Celtics. Even without KG these scrappy little youths from Chicago should have had enough sense to know when to lie down and go away, I gained a measure for coach Del Negro when asked why he doesn't complain to the officials like Doc Rivers does he simply stated why it aint gonna change we just have to fight thru it. Boston decided to get physical with Rose and Gordon and why change that tatic when you get away how can you drive the lane when Davis is allowed to thump you with his chest with no fear of a foul, you can't you your strenght speed when it's being taken away from you if Noah so much as looks at a Celtic he is called for a foul. Let's be proud of what this team has acomplished no matter how the series turns out, they got invited to the dance but didn't get the memo not to participate that ticked the NBA off now it's them against the establishment.
truth talker

Plano, IL

#16 Apr 29, 2009
A bunch of BS not calling that foul on Roundo! NBA bosses should be ashamed of themselves letting these officials work the game. With them backing them after the fact shows what a bunch of hipporcrits the league is. They want to show how good the NBA is and they let this stuff go on. No wonder attendence is down and the poplularity is in decline. Normal fans of the game are really tired of the crap that goes on in the games and the representatives of the game and what they look like. Appears to be more of a contest to see who has more tattoos than one of basketball. I use to be a good sport but the actions of the league and its players leave a alot to be desired. I guess it is what one would expect when you see who dominates the teams nowadays.
Hoopi

Chicago, IL

#17 Apr 29, 2009
How about 2 games ago when Gordon was hammered going for a lay-up and fell from 7 feet in the air FLAT ON HIS BACK (FYI...Deng would have been out till 2020 if that happened to him).

Shameful Flagrant no-calls throughout the series.
Big Dave

Phoenix, AZ

#18 Apr 29, 2009
Welcome to our world.

Signed,

The Phoenix Suns
hope

Kihei, HI

#19 Apr 29, 2009
Brad Miller is the Bulls' enforcer. Bulls are down 3-2. It's payback time now for the Celtics to receive the hard fouls via Tyrus & Noah. The refs will fear the bloodlust of the United Center crowd. Watch...the ghost of Norm Van Lear will take out that punk Rondo.
jmk

Boulder, CO

#20 Apr 29, 2009
Kendrick Perkins with no fouls calls...thats the bigger joke!
spider

Burnsville, MN

#22 Apr 29, 2009
Just my off subject two cents why are the other 14 teams even playing, before the playoffs even started all of ESPN, marketing gurus and fans except the 14 mentioned cities have LA-CLE in the finals even vitiam waters commerical #23 vs. #24

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