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.
Eight days ago, Derrick Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone suffered in training camp. The Bulls said he would be ready to resume basketball activities in two weeks, and in the meantime will rejoin practice soon. That part is still on schedule — head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rose will be with the team when they return to Chicago on Monday following a two-game preseason road trip, but unless the swelling in his eye dies down, it could be a little longer before he can start practicing again.
Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
Rose update: Swelling around eye remains. Scheduled to be back w/ team next week. Activity could be delayed beyond 2-week window.
It’s not ideal, but since there’s no structural damage to Rose’s face, once he’s cleared to resume practicing, it’s just a matter of getting back into game shape before he can start playing in games. The team is still optimistic he’ll be able to play opening night against the Cavaliers on October 27.