Tom Thibodeau appeared obviously agitated during Monday’s postgame press conference.
On Monday, the Houston Rockets defeated the New York Knicks in a game decided by a single whistle. With the score tied, Knicks player Jalen Brunson was penalized for a foul with 0.3 seconds left while attempting to contest Aaron Holiday’s game-winning shot. Holiday subsequently hit his free throws to seal the victory for the Rockets.
There was one issue, though: the call on Brunson was found wrong. Following a review of the play, referee crew chief Ed Malloy acknowledged that the late-game foul should not have occurred.
This was precisely why Tom Thibodeau was upset during the press conference. When confronted with questions about the officials, the seasoned head coach remained calm and requested more consistency from the refs.
Thibodeau stated, “The thing with the officials is…this is the way I feel about that in general,” according to New York Basketball. “I don’t mind how tight the game is called. You can call it tight or loose. I just want the same consistency. They have a task; they must control and manage the game. That is their number one responsibility. So they must use their judgment, which I respect. It did not go our way tonight.