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LeBron James, Joakim Noah pick up double technicals in Game 2 (VIDEO)

May 8, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

Saying that the play during the first half of Game 2 between the Heat and the Bulls was a bit chippy would be a severe understatement.

Miami seemed to want to come out with more of a tough-guy persona after dropping Game 1, and the Bulls were more than happy to engage in a physical and testy battle, given their own reputation of not backing down from anyone no matter who is in the lineup.

One such battle, seen in the video clip above, resulted in a double technical foul called on both LeBron James and Joakim Noah.

Noah gets things started by needlessly wrapping up James after the play has already been whistled dead, and James escalates things by briefly losing his temper and shoving Noah with his right elbow to gain separation.

All in all, there were 28 personal fouls, five technical fouls, and a flagrant foul called in the game’s first 24 minutes. The Heat were comfortably in control at halftime with a lead of 55-41, thanks to 19 first half points from James.

[via Larry Brown Sports]

  1. iowahbr - May 8, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    As normal Boozer does the Houdini act and disappears when needed most. The Bulls don’t amnesty Boozer and his 15 million salary hole and how Rose comes back won’t matter one wit.

    • melkipershero - May 8, 2013 at 10:00 PM

      If Boozer made half his salary hed be ok. Agreed though at 15 million its tough to accept what he brings to the table

    • davidly - May 9, 2013 at 2:57 AM

      The Houdini analogy works better for someone who escapes from being restrained (the Heat’s offense vis a vis the Bull’s defense, for example).

      What you say regarding Boozer makes sense, but you have to consider that with the exception of his shooting percentage being down a few percentage points this season, he is pretty much the same player he’s always been, and next to Deng he’s logged more minutes this year than anyone on Chicago’s roster. That’s meant a lot this season.

      Also, one can’t discount what he’s meant to their defense / how far they’ve come so far with all the other injuries. I’m not saying they shouldn’t, but if they do amnesty him, it’s no guarantee 15 mill can replace him.

  2. captainwisdom8888 - May 8, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    I can’t imagine why Noah would decide upon bear-hugging LBJ after he commits the offensive foul. There is not one conceivable benefit to Noah or his team that warrants him wrapping Lebron up AFTER THE WHISTLE WAS BLOWN.

    It’s just plain stupid.

    • bougin89 - May 9, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Yeah, I can’t believe how hard he “bear hugged” him…

      (sarcasm font)

  3. 13arod - May 8, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    lebron didn’t do anything wrong moah needed to be ejected

    • melkipershero - May 8, 2013 at 10:17 PM

      Have you not learned that no matter what it will always be Lebron’s fault?

    • eventhorizon04 - May 8, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      Noah said in a post-game interview that he deserved to be ejected.

      He knowingly kept arguing with a referee from the bench despite warnings he could be called for his second technical, so Noah admits he lost his cool.

  4. addictedzone - May 8, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    The Bulls came out with their normal rough style, but tonight they got themselves roughed up and they lost their cool.

    • gmsingh - May 9, 2013 at 6:59 AM

      Which is why the only flagrant was called on Miami, right? Oh, and then there’s the flagrant that should’ve been called when Chalmers raked Noah across the neck. You know, the one where Steve Kerr said that will result in a fine from the NBA. The Heat showed their true colors: they were scared as hell and played like thugs. Technically the Bulls got spanked but I felt embarrassed for Miami. The NBA hype machine already has that fixed judging by the comments here.

  5. jbeagles23 - May 8, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Unfortunately for the bulls the best player in this series is also the toughest. Lbj came out and dictated how the game was going to turn out

    • gmsingh - May 9, 2013 at 7:00 AM

      I agree: Spoelstra, runner up for Coach of the Year, had an excellent strategy: give the ball to LeBron and let him do whatever he wants. Without him the Heat are NOTHING.

  6. melkipershero - May 8, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    The Heat needed this game bad and they played like it. They and the Knicks both think theyre the better teams and decided to show it. Surpised to see the Bulls lose their cool like that. Seems they can dish it but cant take it. The series in Chicago should be really close games. If the Heat hit 3’s theyre pretty much unbeatable. Should be a great series.

    • rtfinch - May 8, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      It is kind of hard when you play rough its a foul, but the Heat play rough and they let them go. But you’re right, the Bulls have to keep their cool. Any chance Lebron gets fined for his flopping? I’m going to say no.

      • melkipershero - May 8, 2013 at 10:20 PM

        The NBA MIGHT fine him. Just so they can say see.. we fine Lebron too.

        Don’t be surprised if the Heat get a lot of iffy calls. I said in another post the Heat losing would be bad business for the NBA. This game was to big of a blowout for the refs to really matter though.

      • eventhorizon04 - May 8, 2013 at 10:21 PM

        Just as a heads up:

        Before Noah and Gibson decided to lose their cool over a goaltending no-call on Chris Andersen:

        There were:
        3 technical fouls against the Bulls, compared to 3 technical fouls (and a flagrant) against the Heat
        22 personal fouls against the Bulls, compared to 19 personal fouls against the Heat.
        18 free throws for the Bulls, 22 free throws to the Heat

        The Heat Lead? 40 points

        So it was an evenly called game, with plenty of fouls called against both teams.

        I’m guessing the scoreboard bothered them more than the goaltending no-call.

        Then, once Noah and Gibson lost their cool, the Bulls collapsed, and the final tally was 27 fouls against the Bulls, 24 against the Heat.

        But sure, allege bias when there’s a near 50-50 split on technical fouls and personal fouls.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - May 8, 2013 at 11:40 PM

        Nor for the JR Smith elbow he threw on Noah early on, either.

      • gmsingh - May 9, 2013 at 7:03 AM

        I agree 100%. If Noah especially had kept a level head, the Heat players would’ve gone out of the minds and got more and more flagrant. However, the officiating being fixed has to drive the Bulls out of their minds after a while. They were getting hammered and they weren’t getting calls. Steve Kerr pointed this out at least five times. At half time I checked the foul shots: 17 to 10. Is there a reason why the Heat had 70% more foul shots? Yes, because the NBA had the game fixed for the Heat to win.

  7. brutl - May 8, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Joakim No-one

    • mytthor - May 8, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      I don’t really care about either of these teams, but Joakim Noah is one of the best defensive players in the league, so if you don’t know who he is, you don’t know basketball.

      • brutl - May 8, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        No, I know who he is, I just think he’s a nobody.
        10 years from now people are going to be like, “Who?”

      • mytthor - May 8, 2013 at 10:45 PM

        No, there’s a solid chance they’ll be talking about a multi-time defensive player of the year. Noah isn’t LeBron, but he isn’t garbage.

      • brutl - May 8, 2013 at 11:07 PM

        His skills are garbage, his size and energy gives him a chance.
        And why don’t we wait until he wins his first one before calling multiple dpoy? He’s not even a a multiple time all-star yet.

      • mytthor - May 8, 2013 at 11:09 PM

        Solid chance might be over-selling it. But there’s no doubt the dude will, barring injury, be a 10 year starter in the NBA.

    • melkipershero - May 8, 2013 at 10:40 PM

      Not only is one of the best defensive players he’s also a capable ball handler and a really good passer for being his size. Noah’s a beast. I love how he tells it the way he wants to tell it and not how you want to hear it.

    • 4dabears - May 9, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      Wow! What a funny guy.

      • jimeejohnson - May 12, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        “Daaaaaaaaaa Bears.”

  8. rodge1 - May 8, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Noah flopped a couple times too.

  9. patfic15 - May 8, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Dear Derrick Rose,
    —Bulls fans.

  10. rodge1 - May 8, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    I like how Noah starts to act tough after his teammates get in the way… What else would you expect from a guy with a geisha-haircut?

    • melkipershero - May 8, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      Didn’t Durant call Bosh a “fake tough guy?” Which is very true about Bosh. Maybe Noah has a tad bit of that in him as well.

      • mytthor - May 8, 2013 at 10:34 PM

        I don’t even think Bosh really even TRIES to be a tough guy.

      • melkipershero - May 8, 2013 at 10:41 PM

        He has his moments. In that game he did when Durant said that. I think thats why he said that because Bosh is really easy going so when he tried to stand tall it was just kind of.. weird.

  11. rodge1 - May 8, 2013 at 10:32 PM


    I wouldn’t compare Bosh to Noah in this scenario. Bosh talked to Durant face to face and Durant didn’t like it… Noah passively put his hands up in the air and waited for his teammates to get in way the before he started acting tough. Just like the fake tough-guy at bars that says “hold me back bro” with no intention of messing-up his pretty hair.

  12. eagles512 - May 8, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Never thought I’d root for the Heat but Noah and Robinson make it easy.

    • money2long - May 9, 2013 at 12:14 AM

      robinson..people’s champ. that is all

  13. 13arod - May 8, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    why doesn’t noah get finned for flopping does it every game noah needs to go die in a hole as sonn as possible he keeps on cheating and rhe nba doean’t do anything

  14. lakerluver - May 8, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Chicago will win game 3. Just watch!!

  15. monsterofyourgirlsmidway - May 9, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    FAKE HEAT FANS HOPPIN ON THE LBJ TRAIN. Enjoy it while it lasts, LBJ will soon be out of miami

    • cwilson6843 - May 9, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      You’re embarrassing

  16. thechock305 - May 9, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Thanks we will enjoy the ride. And when LeBron leaves I’ll say “thanks for the memories”. YOU haters keep hating and being miserable.

  17. thechock305 - May 9, 2013 at 2:24 AM

    Robinson son the “people’s champ”? The” people ” must like inconsistent journeyman obnoxious players.

    • jimeejohnson - May 12, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      …who win dunk contests even though they are under 6 feet tall!

  18. jbeagles23 - May 9, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    The league doesn’t fix games. Knicks fans seen on Tuesday why get fans see all the time. If you drive the ball to the basket you’ll get fouls. No one on the bulls drive with the intention of drawing contact. The media makes the bulls sound tough. If you watch them. They’re weak. No inside presence and Noah is a joke. He has hustle but noooo game

    • davidly - May 9, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      The league doesn’t have to fix games. When certain superstar-status players get the benefit of the doubt (ie. the whistle), then they get used to it and take advantage of it. Players who don’t get that benefit are much less likely to initiate such offense unless they know they’ll get the points without a foul being called. “The fix” fixes itself.

  19. timb12 - May 9, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    I’m not saying the league is fixed, but using the amount of fouls called against either team isn’t the end all stat that people use it as. If they call 20 fouls on the Heat and Bulls apiece, that sounds fair. What if the Bulls were fouling the Heat every time down the court and the Bulls weren’t touching the Heat? Then that 20 to 20 isn’t fair. You really have to watch the game to see which team gets shafted on calls.

    • davidly - May 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Of course you’re right, but it is a waste of time discussing the point with someone who doesn’t want to hear it.

      It’s funny, even sports journalists don’t dispute that the league’s elite get favorable treatment from the refs, but nevertheless dispute that it changes the outcome of games, which is, to put it nicely, counter-intuitive.

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