Taj Gibson: Doubtful for the 76ers game

ESPNChicago’s Nick Friedell writes:

“Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson sat out practice on Monday because of a concussion he suffered in the third quarter of Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Gibson is listed as doubtful for Tuesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center.”

Talk about bad news. The Bulls are already without Joakim Noah — who was playing like an All-Star — and now Taj is out for at least one game. Maybe more.

What’s worse: The 76ers could be trouble.

Their 11-16 record may not seem intimidating, but Philly opened the season 3-13 but have won eight of their last ll games. And they were one amazing last-second play away from beating the Celtics and making it nine wins in 11 games. The Sixers have held their opponents under 100 points in 11 of their last 12 games, including three games in which their opponent scored fewer than 80 points.

All I can say is Omer Asik and Kurt Thomas had better be up for the challenge.


11 Responses to Taj Gibson: Doubtful for the 76ers game

  1. lukerygh@gmail.com'
    Luke December 21, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    I am not looking forward to tomorrow night’s game. we are losing two of our three best front court players against a hot philadelphia team. if we pull this out i will be surprised, and it will most likely be to Derrick Rose’s anger due to his missing of a certain free throw…

  2. reggiemcglory@yahoo.com'
    chitown4life December 21, 2010 at 4:10 pm #

    WELL we probally will win this game but it will be because of roses play he is a big time player and big time players show up in big time games when his team needs him to put the cape on and trans form into super Derrick, outside of that our bulls need some front court help hope its on the way now season is getting older by the games………

  3. Inception December 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

    Rose has to win this game for the bulls…if he struggles, say bye bye.

    damn, we need Noah badly.

  4. Luvabull December 21, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

    I told you so. At the start of the season, I was saying that we needed one more solid backup big man with the injury history of our key big men (Boozer, Noah, and Gibson). With Asik being still green and Thomas way too long in the tooth. Having let other available big men get away, I wanted the Bulls to at least sign Dampier even over Bogans. But they counted their pennies. Asik has been a pleasant surprise but I still feel Thomas will experiance too big a drop off this season. Shades of Lindsey Hunter all over again.
    Let’s hope Gibson’s recovers quickly. I’d also like to see Johnson get minutes at the PF. Give the kid a chance to develop.

  5. yomomma@hotmail.com'
    Scottie Pimpin December 21, 2010 at 9:22 pm #

    i love sam smiths articles, and heres another gem.

    “The Bulls can survive, and did, without Boozer. They should be able to survive, if not prosper, without Noah. Without Rose, they can start planning for the lockout.”


  6. choyle@bpu.com'
    Chuck December 21, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    Losing Noah and Taj is incredibly bad for the Bulls. They now have very little size down low. In a way this could be a blessing in disguise. Neither the injuries to Noah or Boozer effected areas of the body where I would be concerned long-term (Knee, ankle, foot, back) so they should have a bit less wear and tear for teh playoffs. The Bulls record will be diminished so there will be lesser expectations. This gives them a perfect oppourtunity to lay in the weeds ready to pounce on an unsuspecting team in the playoffs.

  7. yomomma@hotmail.com'
    Scottie Pimpin December 22, 2010 at 1:33 am #

    its only 10 minuts into the game, but the bullies are playing like an elite team. quick and with determination. you can tell they;re playing with a little attitude.

  8. inkybreath@gmail.com'
    inkybreath December 22, 2010 at 3:20 am #

    Wow, so proud of this team.

  9. inkybreath@gmail.com'
    inkybreath December 22, 2010 at 3:43 am #

    Kurt Thomas with 5 blocks! OMG.

    They stepped up and stayed up … whew.

  10. yomomma@hotmail.com'
    Scottie Pimpin December 22, 2010 at 5:23 am #

    how the hell is our oldest guy playing the best defense ? first he contains griffin and then today he makes brand a non factor. great pick up garpaxdorf.

  11. Luvabull December 22, 2010 at 9:36 pm #

    @ Scottie Pimpin ->
    It’s all my reverse psychology at work. I’ve been sayin’ all the while that Kurt Thomas will have a big drop off in performance.
    So far it’s working great.
    Is it me or Kurt’s put on a few pounds. He’d always been a lean big. Now he’s a wide big. Maybe he swollowed one of the bigs I was hoping the Bulls would sign as insurance.
    Either way, Good Job Big Fella.

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