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.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Doug McDermott scored a career-high 31 points, Jimmy Butler had a pair of key baskets in the closing minute and the Chicago Bulls beat the Memphis Grizzlies 108-104 on Sunday night.

The Bulls broke a 104-all tie with 25 seconds left on a 15-footer from Butler and a pair of free throws by McDermott. Butler also had a go-ahead 18-footer with 53 seconds left and finished with 16 points to help Chicago win its second straight.

Taj Gibson finished with 18 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls.

Mike Conley led Memphis with 28 points and eight assists, and Marc Gasol had 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Chicago was without second-leading scorer Dwyane Wade, who did not play on the second night of a back-to-back after the Bulls beat New Orleans at home Saturday.

The game featured 16 lead changes and 11 ties, with neither team holding a double-digit lead.

Most of McDermott's damage came in the first half after the Bulls struggled shooting in the latter part of the first quarter. McDermott came off the bench to reverse the trend.

McDermott scored 20 points in the first eight minutes of the second quarter, moving Chicago's lead to eight. He had 22 points for the half and the Bulls led 52-46 at the break.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Nikola Mirotic missed his fourth straight game dealing with an illness. ... F Paul Zipser, a rookie from Germany, started his second game and second straight after coming off the bench in his first 10 appearances this season. ... McDermott converted a four-point play in the second quarter. ... McDermott's 22 first-half points were more than his total for the four previous games (21). ... Chicago scored 14 points in the first quarter, a season low for the opening frame. ... The Bulls are now 4-5 on the second night of back-to-backs.

Grizzlies: Gasol made a pair of 3-pointers in the first half, marking 17 games this season he has made multiple shots from outside the arc. ... Memphis made 11 3-pointers in the game and has converted at least 10 3s in 20 games this season, including 11 of the last 14 games.

MLK HOLIDAY

This is the 15th season Memphis has hosted a game on Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. The Grizzlies are 6-9 in the holiday game.

In recognition of the holiday, Memphis wore special MLK50 Pride uniforms. The black jerseys have sea foam blue numbers, letters and piping with the full T-shirt look instead of the normal sleeveless. The piping replicated the railing in front the rooms at the Lorraine Motel, where King was assassinated in 1968, and the blue color was similar to the doors on the rooms.

MISSING WADE

Wade's absence meant missing a reunion with Memphis coach David Fizdale. Both left the Miami Heat organization after last season - Wade signing with the Bulls and Fizdale getting his first head coaching job in Memphis. Fizdale said he is sort of a "basketball romantic" and would like to have seen Wade retire in Miami. But he predicted after the player's career "his statue will be out front and (Wade) will be remembered as the great player that he should be."

UP NEXT

Bulls: Return home to face the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night.

Grizzlies: Memphis travels to Washington to face the Wizards on Wednesday night.