Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Two

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


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.

Sixers’ Wilbekin hits game-winning three vs. Cavs (VIDEO)

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LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:

Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.

Derrick Rose’s eye still swollen, will rejoin Bulls Monday

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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:

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.