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Taj Gibson still can’t believe two calls from Game 2

Updated: April 23, 2014 11:00PM



Taj Gibson was still waiting for an explanation for two calls made late in regulation of the Game 2 loss against the Wizards, but he realized he was waiting in vain.

With 10.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter and the game tied 91-91, Gibson ran down an offensive rebound off a D.J. Augustin miss but was eventually tied up by Nene on the floor. The problem was that before Nene even got his hands on the basketball, Gibson was calling for a timeout in the direction of referee Bennie Adams and never got it.

“We looked at the film [during practice Wednesday],’’ Gibson said. “We saw the jump ball. That was crazy. But the loose ball, I called three timeouts. I had it; nobody else was around me. D.J. called it a couple of times. We had a lot of guys in [Adams’] face. He just didn’t give us the timeout.’’

Gibson was asked if any explanation was given for why the timeout was ignored, and he said, “He didn’t give us anything. He just didn’t say anything.’’

Then on the jump ball, Nene appeared to grab Gibson. No call.

“Yeah, I felt like it was a lot of activity,’’ Gibson said. “[Nene] just pushed me out of the way. I didn’t know you could do that. But you learn something new every day. Can you do that? He took my whole arm and just threw me. So I didn’t know that was legal. And you look at the film, he hits [referee] Joey [Crawford] in the face while he does it. So I don’t know what to say.’’

Plenty of ice

After Jimmy Butler played all 53 minutes in Game 2, he was given a light day of practice, just watching film and icing his knees.

It’s unlikely his workload will get any lighter. With second-year guard Bradley Beal outplaying Butler through the first two games, his defense becomes even more crucial.

“Just concentrate on the next game,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. “You can’t get wrapped up in the first two games other than you want to learn from what happened. That’s the way we’ve approached it all season. We’re not changing now.

“We’re capable of playing much better than we did. We gave up 29 points in the first nine minutes. We have to correct that.’’

Game 3 mentality

How will the Bulls handle Game  3? With an us-against-the-world mentality, of course.

“We’ve been one of those teams where our bandwagon has always been empty,’’ Gibson said. “We’re not worried about that. We only believe in what our locker room thinks. We believe in the higher cause.’’

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