Noah ejected vs. Raptors


CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was ejected in the second quarter of Saturday’s Raptors-Bulls game.

Noah, who finished the night with two points, two rebounds and two assists, was whistled for a foul with 1:28 remaining in the half. He complained towards the official and was whistled for a technical foul. Noah proceeded to throw the ball in the direction of the official and was whistled for a second technical foul. He was replaced by Taj Gibson.

Noah is averaging 10 points and 10 rebounds on the year.

Noah did not speak to reporters after the game, but head coach Tom Thibodeau expressed disappointment with his center's decisions.

"I did not see what happened, but I was disappointed in the technical foul and then getting thrown out,” Thibodeau said. “We are short-handed already. We can't have that. I thought Toronto benefited from calls and they probably deserved them. They were playing a lot harder than we were. I don't have any problem with the way the game was officiated. Those guys did a good job. I have a problem with the way we played. It's everybody. It starts with me. I have to do a better job of having them ready. Right now, we are heading down the stretch and this is about building good habits, and improving. We have not done that the last two games."

Noah's teammates were surprised by the fact that the emotional center lost his cool.

"After he got the one tech he was just so frustrated he got the second one," Bulls forward Luol Deng said. “I know how bad Jo wants to win and that's Jo. He's really emotional. But we just did a good job ... Taj [Gibson] of stepping in and Omer [Asik] being big, [getting] offensive rebounds, just filling up for Jo. He's big to our team, but Jo just really wants to win every game badly and he just got carried away a little bit."