Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson ejected
MIAMI -- Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson, who was ejected along with teammate Joakim Noah in the fourth quarter, hopes he won't be suspended for his outburst against an official during a 115-78 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 2 on Wednesday.
"I hope they just see that it was frustration," said Gibson, whose Bulls suffered the worst playoff loss in team history. "I have a good accord with (referee) Scott (Foster). It's one of those games that's chippy; it's playoff basketball, words are going to be said. I don't mean any harm to Scott. He's a good referee sometimes. Just got to keep pushing and move forward."
"I just wanted to let the referee, I wanted to let him know, how I felt about the game," Noah said.
Gibson started jawing with Foster and quickly picked up two technicals in succession.
"I should have ended it a better way, and conducted myself in a better way and just walked away," Gibson said. "It's just frustration."
Both players were walked off the floor by Bulls security chief Eric Buck and escorted back to the locker room. Both will face fines, and Gibson could face a suspension for lingering on the floor and angrily gesturing toward Foster.
"I definitely deserved to get kicked out," Noah said. "We didn't play well but it's not the end of the world. It's 1-1 and it's going to be a big Game 3 in Chicago."
Gibson said he and Noah are emotional players.
"We're from New York. That's how we are," Gibson said. "We love the game. (Noah) wears his emotions on his sleeve. You can tell he's there for his teammates. It's a real chippy series. Whenever these two teams clash that's what really happens. What more can I say? It's playoff basketball at its best."
Game 2 featured nine technicals, one flagrant foul and two ejections.
"We got sidetracked and you can't do that," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "So we allowed frustration to carry over into play. You have to have poise under pressure. You come in here, you're not going to get calls, that's reality. You can't get wrapped up in that stuff. Stay focused on the task at hand and we've got to get the job done."
Stu Jackson, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations and league disciplinarian, was in attendance.
The series continues with Game 3 on Friday in Chicago.