The Chicago Bulls got a little testy on Wednesday near the end of a Game 2 blowout loss to the Miami Heat. Both Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson were tossed from the game, and while Noah’s getting most of the attention thanks to a Miami fan flipping him the bird on his way out of the building, it’s Gibson who the Bulls were worried about.
But despite the nervousness that Gibson would be handed a suspension for getting into a verbal altercation with an official, reports indicate that Gibson won’t be punished by the league and will be available to help the shorthanded Bulls Friday night in Game 3.
Chicago needs all the help they can muster up, so Gibson dodging a suspension is huge for them. Currently the Bulls are without Derrick Rose and Luol Deng while it’s looking like Kirk Hinrich will remain out as well. The Bulls backcourt is pretty depleted with injuries and setbacks, so had Gibson been suspended, things could have gotten ugly in terms of the Bulls rotations.
But Gibson will be ready to go and you can fully expect him to be given a maximum minute load as Chicago needs every drop of effort and energy they can get out of this roster.