Gibson returns to the court in Washington

Gibson returns to the court in Washington

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010
Posted 6:18 PM
By Aggrey Sam
CSNChicago.com

WASHINGTON Bulls power forward Taj Gibson will return Wednesday against the Wizards after missing Tuesdays rout over Philadelphia in Chicago in the wake of a concussion suffered in Saturdays loss to the Clippers.

Gibson told reporters he passed a series of neurological tests leading up to the game, but will come off the bench against Washington, according to Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

They were looking to see how it goes tonight. Im just going out there and playing, Gibson said of the tests. Trying to see if I remember things, seeing if I still have headaches or get irritable real easy. They were doing a lot of tests on me yesterday and the last few days.

I feel way better than initially. Im ready to go out there and just try, see whats up.

They went away two days ago. Right after the Clippers game I had a lot of headaches, but Im better now, he continued. They just did it sat him out against the 76ers as a precaution, I think and they just want to be safe because they said next time, if it does happen, it could take me out for a longer time.

I still dont remember what happened. I just remember getting hit from behind and I remember grabbing my head.

Gibson moved well and shot the ball accurately during pregame warm-ups at the Verizon Center.

Hes been cleared and well see how it goes once hes out there, said Thibodeau. Hes coming off the bench. Kurt Thomas will start.

Kurt Thomas, 38, scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots as the Bulls starting center in Tuesdays win.

Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.com's Bulls Insider. Follow him @CSNBullsInsider on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Bulls information and his take on the team, the NBA and much more.

Bulls fall flat in blowout loss in Dallas

Bulls fall flat in blowout loss in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) -- Wesley Matthews has taken greater responsibility with Dirk Nowitzki out of the Dallas Mavericks' lineup much of this season.

Matthews scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half of Dallas' 107-82 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night.

"Matthews was the star of the game, obviously," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "He is our leader right now with Dirk out. He really sets the tone for us in the locker room and on the floor. He is just the vocal guy."

Matthews has accepted the expanded role as Nowitzki has been limited to five games by a strained right Achilles tendon.

"I feel like that's one of the reasons why they brought me over here (from Portland). Through this rough patch, injuries and everything, everybody had to mold together. It's almost like we had to restructure ourselves. I think everybody has embraced that."

Harrison Barnes scored 17 of his 22 points in the first half to help Dallas improve to 4-15.

Chicago was coming off a 111-105 victory over defending champion Cleveland on Friday night.

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Jimmy Butler led Chicago with 26 points.

"I don't think anybody played well tonight," Butler said. "We didn't play with energy on either end of the floor."

Barnes powered the Mavericks to a 17-point first-quarter lead with eight points.

"They came out and threw the first punch and kept throwing, and we could just never recover from that," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "We did expend a lot of energy (Friday) night."

Dwight Powell (17) and rookie Dorian Finney-Smith (11) had career highs in scoring, and Deron Williams had a season-high 15 assists with only one turnover.

"The biggest thing was we were even (43-43) on the boards," Carlisle said. Andrew Bogut had a game-high 11 rebounds, and Powell grabbed eight.

Neither team scored in the first 2:15, but Dallas went on a 7-0 run over the next 1:20. The Mavericks led 23-6 with 3:17 left. The quarter ended with Dallas leading 29-18. Bogut had six points and eight rebounds.

Chicago pulled within six points three times in the second quarter, but Dallas finished the first half with a 57-45 lead. In the third quarter, Matthews had 14 points, and the Maverick led by as many as 21 points.

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