Matthew Dellavedova should have trended on Twitter if his name was short as Gibson on Bulls 101-106 loss to Cleveland Cavaliers on Game 5 Tuesday night. Instead Chicago forward Taj Gibson was the talk on social media when he was ejected in the game for kicking Dellavedova.
In the replay, it was clear that Matthew instigate the contact by leg locking Gibson. The Cav’s reserve guard was even rewarded by referees with two free throws. The melee forces players from both teams exchanged shoves and pushes luckily no punches thrown.
It was brilliant maneuver by the Aussie guard who dodges referee call but he may receive some sort of punishment when the NBA reviews the incident on Wednesday.
Many folks doesn’t agree with the call:
I'm sorry, but Joey Crawford should be embarrassed for ejecting Taj. Did he not see Dellavedova grab Taj's foot with his legs? Unnecessary
— Will Perdue (@Will_Perdue32) May 13, 2015
The right call should have been double-techs on Gibson, Dellavedova. Refs have been too obvious this series; tonight just latest example.
— David Haugh (@DavidHaugh) May 13, 2015
Check video Taj Gibson leg-lock by Matthew Dellavedova:
GIF: Matt Dellavedova puts the leg lock on Taj Gibson who kicks him pic.twitter.com/5HFThIcnVX
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) May 13, 2015
Taj Gibson gets tied up with Matthew Dellavedova in Game 5 and gets ejected. http://t.co/32lNV8grU9
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 13, 2015