[caption id="attachment_15960" align="aligncenter" width="420"] Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune[/caption] Yeah, things got pretty rough during the Chicago Bulls' loss in Game 3 to the Miami Heat. Everybody expected a physical game, but there were times when emotions clearly took over. It was seen first when at the end of the first quarter when Joakim Noah shoved Chris Anderson after he blocks and falls upon Nate Robinson. Anderson was fouled for the move but Noah received a technical. That wasn't all however. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBmXbv1n7T0 LeBron received a technical for his move on Nazr Mohammed in the second quarter, but Nazr's push in response -- and perhaps a little bit of flop from LeBron -- resulted in him being ejected. Aside for the obvious reaons it wasn't a wise move for Mohammed as the Bulls were already short on the day, their bench already depleted by injuries. "I was just trying to stop the play," he said after the game. "I don't take people doing things to me. I know there are kids watching at home, but I can't say I won't do it again." Fair enough, but it certainly hurt them more than it helped. There were three technicals called during the game, fewer than there were in Game 2 (seven) but you get the feeling these two teams are certainly not cooling off. Read into it what you will, but by the end the Bulls were called for 30 fouls total, while the Heat only 20. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau later suggested the calls weren't going their way throughout, and had something to say about LeBron's fall to the ground. "From my angle, I saw a guy basically flop... I'm going to leave it at that." Good thing he left it at that too. True or not Nazr clearly reacted in the wrong way. I made a point before the game that the Bulls needed to play smarter and not lose their head, but Noah's early technical and the later ejection for Mohammed suggests they let their emotions get the better of them. To their credit they did shoot better during the game -- still not as well as Miami, obviously -- and kept the game competitive throughout. But it's going to be hard for them to keep fighting the Heat with their bench so depleted. After all there's better ways for the Bulls to get under the skin of their opponents. Noah seems to give us a terrific example later in the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcyQD1IYUvA They did manage to slow down the Heat attack and score more in the paint, so their adjustments clearly worked after Game 2. But the Bulls will have to find a better middle group between physical in-your-face play and technical fouls, flagrant or otherwise. They'll go into Game 4 on Monday knowing this, as things are bound to get heated again. Pun intended.