The Heat were well on their way to a 115-78 victory when Gibson went off at an official early in the fourth quarter. With 10:13 remaining, he did not leave the court in a timely fashion after he and teammate Joakim Noah were ejected by referee Scott Foster. Gibson continued to shout at Foster. The Bulls were called for six technicals during that game and Miami three. The game was the most lopsided postseason win for Miami and the biggest playoff loss for Chicago.
Gibson missed his seventh straight game with a left knee injury, one that he says will force him to wear a heavier brace when he returns. Noah has a right foot injury and sat out for the 12th time in 13 games. Gibson is hopeful of playing Monday when the Bulls visit Orlando. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says Gibson and Noah are day-to-day.
Gibson, a reserve, had missed 10 games with a sprained MCL in his left knee.
Gibson had 20 total points in the previous four games.
Gibson has consecutive double-doubles for the first time this season.
Gibson has averaged 16.3 points and 12.3 rebounds while starting the last three games.
Asked if he's turning down the Bulls' offer, Gibson says that's "the way I see it." He spoke briefly before the season opener against the Sacramento Kings. The sides have until 10:59 p.m. Central time to reach an agreement. Otherwise, he becomes a restricted free agent at the end of the season, meaning the Bulls would have the right to match any offer he receives on the open market.
Gibson broke the news Wednesday night following a season-opening win over Sacramento, after emerging from a meeting with executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman. The new deal kicks in after the season, and it locks in one of Chicago's key players for the long term. It was a stunning turn considering Gibson said before the game that he didn't expect an agreement to be reached.
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