Gibson fined for abusing ref in Game 2
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
CHICAGO — The NBA on Friday fined Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson $25,000 for verbal abuse of an official, stemming from his ejection in Game 2 against the Miami Heat on Wednesday.
With 10:13 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Bulls trailing 94-56, Bulls center Joakim Noah was ejected for his second technical foul, and Gibson protested, drawing two quick technical fouls and an ejection. After his ejected he continued to yell at an official.
Noah was not fined nor was Heat point guard Mario Chalmers, whose hard foul on Noah in the third quarter was upgraded to flagrant foul one. Chalmers also received a technical foul on the play.
It was a physical game, but neither coach thought the play went over the line. Still, referees called 51 fouls and nine technical fouls in Game 2.
For Game 3 on Friday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN), veteran referees Joey Crawford, David Guthrie and Derrick Stafford will officiate. Crawford will make sure the game doesn’t get out of control. In the last game he officiated – Memphis’ 118-105 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers – Crawford’s crew called seven technical fouls, and the Grizzlies shot 47 free throws.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra isn’t concerned about the officiating.
“Who cares,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It has no impact on the game.”… [For more on Taj Gibson fined for abusing ref in Bulls-Heat Game 2, click here.]