Fred Hoiberg criticizes officials for not calling travels on Isaiah Thomas pic.twitter.com/pZ7LB3nxwQ
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Isaiah Thomas is "impossible to guard," according to Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg — but that’s just because he travels on "every possession."
Boston defeated Chicago, 104-95, Sunday night in Game 4 to even the series. The Celtics point guard, who as a knack for floating to the hoop, posted 33 points in the win.
“Let me say this — Isaiah Thomas is a hell of a player. An unbelievable competitor. He’s a warrior — everything he’s going through right now, he had a hell of a game tonight," Hoiberg told reporters, referencing the recent death of Thomas’ sister, Chyna. "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," he said.
Thomas got a chance to respond to Hoiberg’s accusation during his turn at the podium, admitting he “can’t recall one time this season” that he’s been called for a travel.”
"I mean, it is what it is," said Thomas, whose son giggled in the moment.
"It’s not that funny," Thomas continued, looking back at his child with a smile on his face.
"I don’t know. I guess he’s just going to keep saying it. But I mean, I’ve been dribbling that way my whole life, so I don’t know what to say to that,” he said.
This season, Thomas averaged 0.11 travels per game, according to NBA Miner, ranking 92nd in the league.