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Referee Scott Forster was on fire last night ejected Noah, Gibson (VIDEO)

May 9, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

The Heat and Bulls were trying to have a playoff game Wednesday night — emotional, physical, chippy with a little trash talk thrown in.

The referees were going to have none of that.

They apparently wanted this played with all the passion of a Tuesday night in late January — they called nine technicals, a boatload of personal fouls, and Scott Foster ejected Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson. As you can see for yourself in the video above.

The referees certainly didn’t decide this game — the Heat were clear and away the more aggressive, dominant team, winning by 37 — but I hope starting Friday night in the United Center they let the guys play hard and show their emotions. Stop trying to put a lid on it and let these teams give us some playoff basketball.

Hat tip to Ben Golliver of The Point Forward for finding the video.

  1. yuwannano - May 9, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    WTF did I watch last night? Some of the worse officiating ever! This is the playoffs! Ease up on the BS calls will ya!!

    • albertchan2013 - May 10, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      NBA is fixing heat games to create drama. They are trying to promote the league by creating a fake hero in Lebron.

      • gmsingh - May 10, 2013 at 4:11 PM

        I wonder if Steve Kerr got in trouble for telling the truth.

  2. jhuck92 - May 9, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Scott Forster had a bigger game than LeBron

  3. 91devinhester23 - May 9, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    The referees certainly didn’t decide this game


  4. dirtydrew - May 9, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    NBA ref’s need some humility. After the Tim Donaghy was caught cheating, I question the free throws, touch fouls. The Lakers shot 52 ft’s to the Warriors 15 in a game at the end of the season when the Lakers needed a win for a playoff push. Not possible in reality. Total fix. Plus a game with a ton of free throws hits the over. Stops the clock for high % shot. Alas, the fix.

    • dmcannon99 - May 9, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Not possible? Total fix? Quit being a homer – how many of those fouls were intentional? The Warriors were fouling Howard every time he looked at the ball… You had best check your definition of “reality” when determining what is possible.

      • libertarianvoter - May 9, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        Do you think you’re better than us? Why are you trying to use facts? This is the internet. You should be forwarding baseless speculation about conspiracies, Mr Fancy Pants. “Oh, look at me, I remember something that actually happened instead of looking at a box score and making assumptions.” Troll.

  5. gutendirk - May 9, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Not good. Gibson dropped the f-bomb (the gay slur) after getting ejected and everyone in the world saw it. In Premier football matches and the MLB that’s worth a 3 game suspension.

  6. yuckabuck - May 9, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    First couple of games of a Heat series always have the better players from the other team ejected. See the Celtics-Heat series from the last 2 years. Commom place.

  7. 1972wasalongtimeago - May 9, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Every single tech was deserved for both teams. Wade’s? Andersens’s flagrant? Deserved. The ejections? Absolutely deserved. Bulls tried to play rough. It’s their game plan. It’s their only shot. But what they didn’t expect was for the Heat to play rough back. And the Heat played rougher. Bulls thought they had the “toughness” edge. They realized they don’t. And they lost their composure.

    • pudgalvin - May 9, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      I think there’s a difference between physical play and cheap shotting. Bringing a tattoed idiot off the bench for 4 minutes to squeeze in as many cheap shots as he can isn’t being physical. Karate chopping a guy in the neck when you’re up 26 isn’t being physical, again, it’s cheap shotting. If the Heat want to commit hard fouls on layups and set nasty picks, that’s smart basketball. What they did last night was fake tough. They didn’t blow out the Bulls because they were more physical, they blew them out because Lebron was aggressive, they got out in transition, and they hit their threes. The Bulls lost their composure when Scott Foster refused to admit they completely blew three calls in a row and instead of giving the Bulls a little make up call like the good refs do, he decided to toss two guys. It had nothing to do with the Heat’s “tough” play.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 9, 2013 at 11:13 AM

        How about Nazr giving Wade a cheap shot right before Wade was being taken out if the game for good? Quit crying. It’s prison rules now. Bulls are doing for the Heat what Indy did for them last year. You woke us up. Reminded us what it takes.

      • pudgalvin - May 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM

        Hey man, I’m not crying. If that’s what the Heat’s fake tough guys think they need do to win, then fine. I’m just pointing out that even though you seem to be taking a lot of pride in the playing dirty, it really had nothing to do with why the Heat won.

      • brutl - May 9, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        Yep, total conspiracy with the heat. They always have the best players ejected when they’re already up by 35 points.
        Taj didn’t want to get ejected he was clearly just trying to have a rational discussion with the refs. Who is Nazr Muhammad to tell him to chill out?

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 9, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        I absolutely do not think the Heat won because they played dirty. I think the Bulls and their fans have taken alot of pleasure over the past month by saying they beat the Heat because they were more physical, they got under LeBron’s skin, got in the Heat’s heads, and that the Heat have been crying over it ever since.

        Just saying that it didn’t quite work that way for the Bulls last night.

      • gmsingh - May 10, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        Excellent assessment.

    • 91devinhester23 - May 9, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      heat fan misplacing the refs allowing the heat to get away with murder while calling breathing on lebron to be a personal foul to be a toughness advantage


    • chicitybulls - May 9, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Not sure all the techs were deserved. Nate’s certainly wasnt. He was walking back to his bench talking to his team. Not even looking at foster or any other ref. That’s a ref having rabbit ears and inserting himself too much into the game. Noah and Taj, absolutely they deserve their techs. Nate, not so much. Rough play is not an issue. This team represents this city which is absolutely tough.

    • gmsingh - May 10, 2013 at 4:14 PM

      So Nate Robinson getting high fives from his teammates deserved a T? And Marcus Teague–are you effing kidding me?

      You didn’t actually watch the game, did you.

  8. jrazz22 - May 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    May 9, 2013, 8:13 AM PDT
    How about Nazr giving Wade a cheap shot right before Wade was being taken out if the game for good? Quit crying. It’s prison rules now. Bulls are doing for the Heat what Indy did for them last year. You woke us up. Reminded us what it takes.
    Wow! A member of the Heat posting on here!

    • eltrilliardo - May 9, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      It’s always “us” after a win… After a loss, “us” becomes “they”.

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - May 9, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        It’s always “we”. Below is what I wrote after Game 1. I think it’s some of my best work, actually.

        1972wasalongtimeago – May 6, 2013 at 11:17 PM
        Worst game since New Years. Nothing good at all. Starters couldn’t shoot. No spark from the bench. Forced lots of turnovers but no fast break points. Every time it seemed the lead would get comfortable, we’d miss a wide open shot, or miss free throws and next thing you know a 7 pt lead evaporated.

        Bosh has one of those games that makes you think he’s on crack. Wade took more away from the table than he brought to it, and LeBron was better than most but not as good as normal. Ray didn’t have one of his 9 pt Ray spurts. Battier was not a factor. Noah out-Birdmanned Birdman. Chalmers made me freaking nuts. UD is pretty much done (love him, but hes a liability at this point). And the Bulls played great. Not the formula for success.

        Maybe it’s good though. Maybe we needed to remember how hard it is. Let this one hurt for tonight. Get back at it tomorrow.

    • gmsingh - May 10, 2013 at 4:16 PM

      Wade getting cheap shot? How can you tell between all the fake flopping?

  9. shwoogy1 - May 9, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    The refs need to stop trying to be a bigger part of the game than the players. It’s almost the same in baseball. The umpires want to make a name for themselves so they show their ass. This is playoff basketball and these players need to play physical. It is what it is.

    Those refs last night made some extra “side” money, I’m sure.

  10. dexregeant - May 9, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Many make the point that the Western conference is superior talent wise, which I would agree with mostly, but this is why I LOVE the east, you just feel how much teams don’t like each other. When was the last time you saw a blowout game that was so competitive and entertaining?

    Much props to the bulls for making this a memorable series already…

  11. Mr. Wright 212 - May 9, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    No one had to be surprised by this. The Bulls were hanging too closely and were going to pull it out late again, so they get rid of their bigs and anyone who could keep them in the game. I took nothing away from the score of that game. They can’t have Miami going down 0-2 lmao.

  12. myopinionisrighterthanyours - May 9, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Isn’t that what people spend their hard earned money on to buy a ticket? To hear a ref tweet his whistle every two seconds and make sure scrubs play a majority of the minutes? People pay to see LeBron, Wade, Noah, and Robinson do what they do. The best officiated games are the ones when you don’t remember them.

  13. patfic15 - May 9, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Stern wouldn’t have it any other way.

  14. canehouse - May 9, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    I can’t wait for tomorow night… Let’s Go HEAT!!!

  15. basedrum777 - May 9, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Fan of neither team but Gibson was right on with his gripe. The refs at least in that clip were completely out of hand. They shouldn’t be allowed to ref this series at all anymore. Trade them out. Otherwise its all just bs from here to the end.

    • gmsingh - May 10, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Could it have been the refs that lost their composure instead of the Bulls? Of course it can.

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