Gibson battles through ankle injury


Gibson battles through ankle injury

You wouldnt know it by his 13-point, five-rebound, four-assist night, but Taj Gibson tweaked his ankle in the first half of Tuesday nights Bulls win over Boston.

Gibson gutted it out, however, and while he didnt have his normal explosiveness, he was a major reason why the team bounced back from a disappointing loss Monday in Memphis.

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I just pushed off and re-aggravated it from the playoffs last year. Its been nagging me, but I just kept playing and had to hurry up and ice it down, Gibson said about the injury. It was just one of those plays. I tried to plant and I just re-aggravated my ankle, thats all.

I just was trying to focus on getting stops on defense, focus on controlling the defense the way Thibs wants me to do, see plays and get stops. I kept playing, my teammates kept looking for me, Joakim especially, Nate. Everybody kept telling me to shoot the ball still because they feel that I have a good jump shot...Everybody was real unselfish and trying to make plays, he continued. I wanted to focus on getting it on the backboard. Just trying to get it up, my hook shot game and I remember one came off the rim. I wanted to get it so bad, but I had no lift. But Im just happy that we got the win.

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Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau lauded the power forwards effort.

Taj was terrific. Taj defended multiple positions, allowed us to do some switching. He made a lot of tough plays for us, he said. He said he was fine, so it was good. It showed a lot of toughness mental toughness, physical toughness to get through it.

With the Bulls next game being in Gibsons hometown of New York against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, the Brooklyn native expects to be on the floor Friday.

Im pretty confident Ill be fine. Knowing me and knowing the way Thibs and our training staff work on things, I should be fine, he said. Its the Garden. I cant miss that.

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Honda Road Ahead: Bulls continue playoff push against Cavaliers, Hawks

Honda Road Ahead: Bulls continue playoff push against Cavaliers, Hawks

Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue break down the Bulls' upcoming schedule in the latest edition of the Bulls Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

TNT Bulls are back this week as the team heads into a crucial stretch. 

Currently, the Bulls sit half a game back of the Miami Heat for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, and with just eight games remaining on the schedule, each contest is essentially a must-win. 

So, yes, Thursday would be a great time for Jimmy Butler and company to summon their TNT alter ego. The Bulls have sealed 18 straight victories when playing on TNT Thursday, an improbable feat considering those games are usually reserved for two of the NBA's best. 

To continue that run, they'll have to down Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are also fighting for playoff positioning -- albeit at the top of the conference. Good thing the Bulls have a tendency to get up for big games. 

"The Bulls play up and down to their competition," Bulls Pregame and Postgame analyst Kendall Gill said. "They've been doing that the whole season." 

After Cleveland, the Bulls get set to battle another playoff squad, the Atlanta Hawks. 

Watch the video above to see Schanowski, Gill and Perdue break down the matchups.