Gibson's foul against Miami upgraded to flagrant-1

Gibson's foul against Miami upgraded to flagrant-1
March 31, 2013, 10:15 pm
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Chris Cason

The league upgraded one of Taj Gibson’s personal fouls on LeBron James in Wednesday night's win over the Heat to a flagrant-1 foul.

The foul occurred with 2:37 remaining in the first quarter, and wasn’t one of the fouls that James alluded to after the game as "not a basketball play."

Coach Tom Thibodeau was confused by the change, saying; “I guess we have to call the league and get clarification.”

While Gibson couldn't recall the foul in question, still believing that the upgraded foul came in the fourth quarter and was the one James commented on, he wasn’t upset with the ruling because it happened two games ago.

“I really didn’t care. It’s in the past and I can’t do nothing about that. We really didn’t do anything different,” said Gibson on the Bulls possibly being more physical against the Heat. “We just played them the way we normally play them. Every time we play them, it’s like a playoff game. We don’t shy away from anything. Every time we play them, they adjust, we adjust. It’s all about who wants it more and it’s both teams clashing.

“At the end of the day, I don’t have any hard feelings against them. It’s just basketball. Nothing personal, nothing like I hate him, it’s just basketball,” he added.

Gibson said that he respected the league’s decision, but that the incident is behind him.