NBA fines Bulls’ Taj Gibson for ‘verbal abuse of official’ after Game 2 ejection
The NBA announced Friday that Bulls forward Taj Gibson has been fined $25,000 for “verbal abuse of an official” after he was ejected from a 115-78 Game 2 loss to the Heat on Wednesday night.
Referee Scott Foster ejected Bulls center Joakim Noah and Gibson back-to-back early in the fourth quarter of Miami’s blowout win.
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.
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 on multiple occasions. All this occurred with the Heat leading 94-56 with a little more than 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Gibson departed with eight points (on 4-for-6 shooting) and three rebounds in 14 minutes.
The series is tied at one game apiece. Game 3 is set for Chicago on Friday night.