Posted May 08, 2013

Video: Scott Foster ejects Bulls’ Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson from Game 2 against Heat

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The Heat smoked the Bulls 115-78 in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series on Wednesday, restoring a bit of order after a surprising Game 1 loss.

Game 2 was marked by skirmish after skirmish after skirmish. Although none of the trash talk or technical fouls wound up evolving into serious incidents or influencing the game’s result, the total volume of referee intervention was unusual. A total of nine technical fouls, two ejections and one flagrant foul were dished out, with the whistles coming to a crescendo early in the fourth quarter, when referee Scott Foster ejected Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson back-to-back.

The sequence started when a Gibson jump hook was blocked by Chris Andersen, an apparent missed goaltending violation that led to an and-one transition opportunity for Ray Allen on the other end. Noah stepped off of the Bulls bench and onto the court to loudly express his disapproval to Foster. He was hit quickly with his second technical foul of the game, necessitating an automatic ejection.

“I just wanted to let the referee, I wanted to let him know, how I felt about the game,” Noah said, according to the Associated Press. “I don’t know how many techs we got. … I would call that not keeping your cool, not being very Zen.”

The American Airlines Arena crowd screamed its approval as Noah headed to the locker room and one female fan reached over a railing to flip the bird right in his face, a scene captured in a soon-to-be-iconic photograph that is blurred below.

Joakim Noah received a one-finger salute following his ejection. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today)

Joakim Noah received a one-finger salute following his ejection. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today)

After Noah was ejected, Gibson continued the conversation, earning himself a pair of technical fouls. Gibson had to be restrained and helped to the locker room, and he appeared to direct profanity at Foster as he left the court, a display that could result in a fine from the NBA league office. All this occurred with the Heat leading 94-56 with a little more than 10 minutes remaining in the game.

Noah, who famously called the Heat “Hollywood as Hell” back in 2011, got tangled up with LeBron James earlier in the game, and both were hit with technicals.

In addition to the four total technicals accumulated by Noah and Gibson, Bulls guards Nate Robinson and Marquis Teague also received technicals in the first half while James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers all received technicals for Miami. Wade was the first player to get hit when he was teed up for throwing the basketball at Marc Belinelli less than one minutes into the game. Andersen was also hit with a flagrant foul for some extremely sloppy help defense on Belinelli.

Ultimately, all the squawking mattered little. Miami cruised to an easy victory, with James and Wade both getting plenty of unexpected rest in the final period. Allen scored a game-high 21 points for the Heat. James added 19 points and nine assists while Wade finished with 15 points and five assists. Belinelli led the Bulls with 13 points in a losing effort.

The series is now tied at one. Game 3 is set for Chicago on Friday.

Hat tip on the image: @HPBasketball

21 comments
andy10
andy10

Foster is the same ref who Tim Donaghy was calling (for "unknown" reasons) before every game he was gambling on. Hmmmmm...

Mark4
Mark4

"Although none of the trash talk or technical fouls wound up evolving into serious incidents or influencing the game’s result, the total volume of referee intervention was unusual. "


It was unusual if you've been asleep the last three seasons and don't realize that the Heat need a "police escort" to the Finals.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Sports at its worst. The game was a disgrace.

amolad
amolad

Even Steve Kerr called out the refs for missing calls. The quality of officiating in professional sports is at an all-time low. The missed home run in the Cleveland-Oakland game is just another example.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

That woman(?) is lucky Noah didn't slap the horrendous makeup off her face.

HarryTowns
HarryTowns

Classy couple down in the expensive seats.  Guess they think that earned them the right to treat another person like the garbage they are.

Mark Stephens
Mark Stephens

Sort of embarrassing for that man and his hooker.  What if his wife finds out?  

LazareJeanBernardHatzakorzian
LazareJeanBernardHatzakorzian

Refs clearly "one-sided" on this one, as far as the "classy" female fan and her husband who disrespected Noah on his way off the court, I hope their kids enjoy the photo of their parents making total asses of themselves. by the way, the arena usher didn't do his job either. 

OK
OK

What did I tell you, kids, some eight houts ago. Commish Dave was gonna give this one to The Queen and Her Court. Except Commish Dave didn't go the Personal Foul Route; he ordered his refs to go straight to Technical Fouls Avenue.

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OK

8 hours ago

Let Derrick Rose and his brother keep whining on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, expect The Queen and Her Court to shoot 50 free throws in game two of the series.

No way in hell Commish Stern will allow The Queen, The Little Bosh Woman, and Show Me Da Green Or I Ain't Playin' For Da Red, White, and Blue to drop two games at home.

You'll see Noah on the bench with two personal fouls in the first three minutes. Boozer and Gibson will get their third personals by halftime. Noah will foul out by the end of the third quarter.

The Queen and Her Court will be given the Dubya. Commish Stern's not going to upset the suits in Bristol.


jeremy.r.graczyk
jeremy.r.graczyk

Did anyone see Game 4 of the first round?


Referees are blalantly officiating with bias.  Scott Foster deserves to be fired - if I ever performed that badly at my job I wouldn't deserve a job.  If the officiating continues to be this bad/biased, I will never purchase anything that directly goes into the NBA's coffers ever again.


Just horrible.  The NBA, especially the refs tonight, should be embarrassed.

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

Yeah, she's lucky Noah didn't slap the Botox off her.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@OK I wonder what it's like, being as willfully deluded as you.

Do the gene pool a favor and don't procreate, pal.

AnthonyPatterrson
AnthonyPatterrson

@OK 

wrong as hell....


Heat only shot 29 free throws to 21 for Bulls, how is that  "50" free throws or even a major advantage, especially when the bulls have no penetrators?


Boozer and Noah left the game with 3 fouls, Gibson only had 1. The technicals occurred when they were down damn near 40 points. 


The bulls only chance of winning this series is thugball 2.0, the league won't allow that anymore. Bulls can't score.


What were you right about again?

andy10
andy10

@jeremy.r.graczyk , Scott Foster was the ref who Tim Donaghy called before every game...look it up. The guy is dirty. There's no explanation for how he got out of the gambling scandal clean...

Mark4
Mark4

@AnthonyPatterrson David Stern has moved on from  FT disparity, which is easy to track in the box score, to no-calls, which are not recorded anywhere.