Posted March 31, 2013

NBA upgrades Taj Gibson’s foul against LeBron James to flagrant

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LeBron James called out Taj Gibson and other Bulls for their hard fouls against him during the Heat’s streak-ending loss on Wednesday. (David Banks/Getty Images)

The NBA has ruled one of the Bulls’ hard fouls against LeBron James during Wednesday night’s game a flagrant — but not one of the two James called into question during a postgame rant.

The league upgraded a foul by Chicago forward Taj Gibson that occurred with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter from a regular shooting foul to a flagrant foul, according to the Sun Sentinel‘s Ira Winderman.

After the game, a 101-97 Bulls win that ended the Heat’s historic 27-game winning streak, James admitted that he was “frustrated” by the hard fouls against him, saying that they were “not basketball plays.”

He called out Kirk Hinrich on a first-quarter foul and Gibson on a fourth-quarter foul in which he raked James across the neck.

From the Sun Sentinel report on the upgraded Gibson foul:

James made both free throws following the foul. Because there was no flagrant foul called at the time, there was no video review. However, had the flagrant foul been assessed during the game, instead of after the fact, the Heat also would have retained possession following James’ free throws. Instead, the Bulls pushed back to an 11-point lead immediately after James’ foul shots.


15 comments
amolad
amolad

This is why LeBron will never be Jordan. Jordan never whined like that. LeBron has no class on the court.

hanabee_7
hanabee_7

@amolad and he will never be jordan because he is LEBRON.. Get it?!?

ryanbarnes619
ryanbarnes619

 @hanabee_7  @amolad Oh shut the hell up. Jordan NEVER complained like that about the refs, EVER. And I've watched Jordan many times, and continue to go back and watch his old games. Even against Detroit, he didn't complain on this level and he was getting beaten to death in those games compared to what James got. It's pathetic and anyone who defends his conduct and attitude about it is pathetic as well. It shows me you have only recently watched the NBA. 

hanabee_7
hanabee_7

@amolad please dont be stupid enough to say that.. Watch jordan's games before you say something like that..

yuenglings
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Lebron would basically foul out every game if they actually called fouls on him.  Yet he cries every time someone touches him.  For him or Dwayne (the refs helped win my first championship) Wade ever cry about fouls is a complete joke!

Heatnation
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@yuenglings you sound like a bitter groupie! Just stop making yourself look stupid,I know it's hard.But just try.

TodoBien
TodoBien

 @Heatnation  @yuenglings typycal heat bandwagonner too blind to see that the nba is rigged , the nba is as rigged as the government handing the cartels machine guns

Heatnation
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@TodoBien @yuenglings yeah I get you believe in the illuminati too huh

riley8
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Just let Le Baby ref the game while he plays.  Has there ever been a more polarizing player than La Queen?  I think the city of Cleveland would agree.

Heatnation
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@riley8 He has you wasting your time commenting on something he will never see or read. Stop wasting your time being stupid. Don't be a fool stay in school!

Cool
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 @riley8 You sound like a heart broken school boy talking about how the prettiest girl in your school is really ugly because she said no to you.  The fact is that Lebron was a one man show in Cleveland and Miami offered him real playing partners.. and guess what?  He is now King James to all you losers.