If Bulls sixth man Taj Gibson looked like he pulled a disappearing act in the first three quarters of Sunday afternoon’s 95-88 overtime win over the Heat at the United Center, there was a reason for it.
Gibson, who was scoreless in the first three quarters, was battling a severe case of the flu. But he came alive in the final frame of regulation, scoring four points early in the fourth quarter, throwing down a monstrous fast-break dunk later in the stanza and coming up with some huge offensive rebounds in the extra session.
The big man, who saw his consecutive-games streak of double-figure scoring end at 14 in a row, didn’t even know if he would play against Miami for certain a day prior.
“I decided in the middle of the night. I told the training staff that I felt a little bit better, but you’re not sure. I just told them, ‘I’m going to go regardless. Just give me some IV or whatever,’” said Gibson, who finished with seven points and 10 rebounds. “It was tough. I just really wanted to go in the back and just faint, just fall out. But they just kept giving me fluids, a lot of Gatorade and I don’t wish that upon anybody.”