The NBA is reviewing two hits Indiana Pacers center Jeff Foster leveled against the Chicago Bulls during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series on Thursday, according to a league spokesman.
Foster banged into Derrick Rose in the third quarter when the Bulls guard was driving the lane. Rose also was hit by Tyler Hansbrough on the play. Rose responded emotionally by getting in the face of Foster, who was called for the foul.
"He's so fast, I just went in there and ended up hitting him," Foster said. "He reacted. It's the playoffs. I'm sure he's going to get hit plenty of times."
Rose called the foul "a little irritating" but didn't seem angry after the game. "That's his job," Rose said. "But you have to stand up to it. I was just trying to go to the basket and create contact."
Later in the quarter, Foster dropped an elbow to the head of Luol Deng and drew a foul.
Neither play resulted in a flagrant call.
"This is the playoffs. There are going to be hard fouls," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "In my eyes, that's what they've been doing the whole series. They're fouling hard. That's part of the game. When it crosses over the line, I think the officials will make the call.
"I have a lot of respect for Foster. He's a hard playing guy, a tough guy. He's been a good player in this league for a long time."
ESPNChicago.com's Mark Montieth contributed to this report.