The Chicago Bulls seem to have caught the injury bug as news came today that another player will miss significant time. This time, it’s power forward Taj Gibson, who went down in the fourth quarter during an ugly loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Gibson was trying to dodge a screen, and it looked like he may have stepped on Kevin Martin‘s foot, causing the Brooklyn native to twist his knee. Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson gave an update after Gibson underwent an MRI on his knee.
“At least Gibson’s MRI didn’t reveal a torn ACL, although it did confirm a sprained MCL that could sideline the defensive-minded forward up to two weeks.”
It was supposed to be a day of celebration for the Bulls organization, as it was owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Joakim Noah‘s birthdays, but there isn’t much to celebrate lately for this team. Everything is fine when the Bulls play an inferior team, but it’s quite clear that Chicago is no match for the elite teams in the NBA after a couple of blowouts by the Miami Heat and the Thunder
The Bulls frontcourt has dealt with injuries all year, and Gibson’s absence will most likely force head coach Tom Thibodeau to put guys like Nazr Mohammed and Vladimir Radmanovic in the rotation. These next two weeks are going to be a real test for the Chicago Bulls. At least Derrick Rose dunked pregame in Oklahoma City….
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