James and Jaiden Thomas thought Fred Hoiberg's claims were laughable.
Isaiah Thomas' sons chuckled at the Chicago Bulls coaches complaints that their dad was getting away with travelling during the Boston Celtics' 104-95 Game 4 win Sunday. Hoiberg said Thomas was an "impossible cover" due to the referees' poor work.
"I mean that's not the reason I'm an impossible cover," Thomas said while his sons giggled audibly beside him.
"It is what it is," Thomas said with a smirk, then looked to his sons. "It's really not that funny. But I mean I've been dribbling that way my whole life. I don't know what to say to that."
Thomas attacked the rim with ease, particularly during the fourth quarter. On a number of occasions, Thomas weaved through Bulls defenders, and finished with a layup. His ability to attack the rim helped the Celtics' hold their lead at the end of the game. He finished with 33 points, and had a 47.6 field goal percentage.
Hoiberg's critiques seemed more directed toward the officials than Thomas. The Bulls coach praised Thomas before getting into his complaints about the officiating.
"Isaiah Thomas is a hell of a player, an unbelievable competitor," Hoiberg said after the game Sunday. "He's a warrior with 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 is impossible to guard. When you're allowed 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."
James and Jaiden are probably still laughing.