Taj Gibson PF/C CHI 2 months ago

Gibson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle Tuesday and is slated to miss four months, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reports.

Gibson dealt with the ankle injury late in the regular season, and it appears he may never have been close to full health during the Bulls' playoff run, as he also dealt with shoulder, knee and hamstring issues. The hope is that the procedure will prevent any future ankle problems, but the four-month timetable puts Gibson's status for the start of next season in jeopardy.

Taj Gibson PF/C CHI 3 months ago

Gibson played in 62 games for the Bulls this season and averaged 10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks a game.

Gibson averaged just over 27 minutes a game this season after averaging just under 29 minutes a game last season. He saw his scoring decrease by almost three points a game compared to last season as the Bulls didn't need to count on him for as much offense. It appeared Gibson was ticketed to start at power forward this season, but he was relegated to the bench yet again when the team brought in Pau Gasol. Both Gibson and Gasol have two years left on their contracts and with the emergence of Nikola Mirotic, Gibson might be on the move this summer. He will maintain limited fantasy value if he stays with the Bulls, but could really see a bump in production should he get traded to a team where he would start.

Taj Gibson PF/C CHI 4 months ago

Gibson was ejected early in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's Game 5 after kicking Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova. Gibson started the game, and to that point, he had 10 rebounds (4-12 FG, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and one block in 26 minutes.

Gibson was playing a fairly prominent role in Tuesday's game with Gasol () out and Noah struggling with foul trouble. He will likely be back for an important Game 6, and if Gasol should have to miss another game, Gibson could be in line to start once again.

Taj Gibson PF/C CHI 4 months ago

Gibson will likely remain in the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 5 against the Cavaliers, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reports.

With Pau Gasol (hamstring) being held out again, Gibson will likely remain in the lineup as the starting power forward. He played a playoffs-high 34 minutes in Sunday's Game 4, scoring six points to go with eight rebounds and two assists. For the series, Gibson is averaging 8.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in 26.5 minutes.

Taj Gibson PF/C CHI 4 months ago

Gibson scored six points (2-7 FG, 2-2 FT) to go along with eight rebounds, two assists and one block in 34 minutes in Game 4 Sunday against the Cavaliers.

Gibson started in place of Pau Gasol (hamstring), but didn't produce much offensively. He is a much better defender than Gasol, but his offensive game isn't nearly as good. He would start again in Game 5 Tuesday if Gasol is unable to play again.

Taj Gibson PF/C CHI 4 months ago

Gibson will start in place of Pau Gasol (hamstring) in Game 4 on Sunday against the Cavaliers, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Gibson is averaging 24 minutes through the first three games of the series but has a chance to see that number rise Sunday with Gasol out of the lineup. Although, Nikola Mirotic could end up seeing considerable time off the bench, thus detracting from Gibson's minutes. Either way, Gibson has a good opportunity ahead of him in Game 4.

Taj Gibson PF/C CHI 4 months ago

Gibson has been playing through a left shoulder injury, the Chicago Tribune reports.

We've known about this injury for a while, but Gibson reaffirmed Thursday that he's still bothered by the shoulder. "It's tough," Gibson said. "But you still have to go out there and do your best." Gibson received a cortisone shot in the shoulder last week, and he continues to receive treatment before and after games. The forward has struggled offensively thus far in the Bulls' first-round series, but he hauled in 10 rebounds in Game 1 and pulled down 10 in Thursday's Game 3.

Taj Gibson PF/C CHI 4 months ago

Gibson (knee) grabbed one rebound and blocked three shots in 11 minutes in Game 2 Monday against the Bucks.

Gibson didn't attempt a shot Monday and struggled with foul trouble. He'll get a few days to rest his knee some more as Game 3 isn't until Thursday.

Taj Gibson PF/C CHI 4 months ago

Gibson (knee) doesn't seem to be in danger of missing Game 2 on Monday against the Bucks, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Gibson suffered a right knee strain in Game 1 but the Bulls aren't overly concerned and Gibson is on track to assume his normal role against the Bucks on Monday. That said, his last hurdle for official approval will be Monday's morning shootaround.

Taj Gibson PF/C CHI 4 months ago

Gibson (knee) suffered a right knee strain during Saturday's game against Milwaukee, Nick Friedell of ESPN.com reports.

Gibson was reportedly probable to return, but the Bulls had all-but sealed the victory, which allowed Gibson to rest for the remainder of the game. Given that he could have returned if needed, Gibson should be considered probable for game two on Monday.