Monday, Nov. 22, 2010
By Aggrey Sam
Coming off a contest in which he broke out of a two-game slump in the Bulls win Friday over Dallas with a 17-point, 18-rebound effort, power forward Taj Gibson missed the teams practices in Los Angeles Sunday and Monday with a foot injury.
I stressed some kind of a ligament in my foot during the drills at Sundays Bulls practice. They said I aggravated it. They wanted me to sit out. Were going to go see the doctor today, said Gibson before the teams practice at UCLA Monday. Gibson injured his foot during defensive slides. I didnt turn my ankle or anything. It was just the side of my foorthe nerve on the side of my footthey said it got tingled.
Im just hoping its not more serious than what it is. Bulls team trainer Fred Tedeschi wanted me to sit out today, he continued. They dont know about Tuesdays game. Were going to see the doctor right after this practice.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was disappointed that Gibson was injured, but sees a silver lining in the fact that the team has some off days before facing the Lakers Tuesday.
Hes been nicked up, but he said he was feeling a little bit better than yesterday. Its day-to-day, said Thibodeau, who said the extent of Gibsons participation in Sundays practice was warming up before he was injured. The good thing is we have a couple days without having to play, so I think the rest will help.
Im unsure right now about how he would replace Gibson, added Thibodeau. That would be a game-time decision.
Aggrey Sam is CSNChicago.coms 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.
Here are Three Things to Watch when the Bulls take on the Phoenix Suns Sunday on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live.
1. Something's got to give
What's the opposite of an unstoppable force vs. an immovable object? That's what we'll be looking at when the Bulls have the ball in their hands. Chicago ranks dead last in offensive efficiency, while the Suns have the 2nd worst defensive efficiency in the NBA. That means the Bulls, after scoring a season-high 123 points against the Hornets, can build on that momentum against a Suns defense that allowed 90 points in the FIRST HALF to the Rockets on Thursday.
2. Kris Dunn for real?
Fresh off the best game of his young career - he scored 22 points in a win over the Hornets on Friday - Kris Dunn continues to look like the best point guard on the Bulls roster. He's going through a really solid stretch right now, averaging 13.2 points on 47 percent shooting, 4.2 assists and 2.6 steals over his last four games. With Eric Bledsoe out of Phoenix, Dunn could be in line for another big game going up against Mike James and Tyler Ulis, regardless of whether or not he starts over Jerian Grant.
3. Watch out for Devin Booker
We'll try to get an opponent in here once for every tune-in, and Devin Booker certainly fits the bill. Much like Dunn is doing, Booker is on quite a roll these days. Over his last four games Booker is averaging 30.5 points on 51 percent shooting, 4.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists. The Bulls will need to keep their eyes on Booker at all times, especially after allowing Kemba Walker to go off for 47 points on Friday.
On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kevin Anderson react to a breakout game from Kris Dunn against the Hornets Friday night. They’ll discuss his development and how it impacts rookie Lauri Markkanen. Plus just how long will both the Wolves and Bulls be judged on the Jimmy Butler trade? Is Dwight Howard a hall of famer? And a new era in Philly with Simmons and Embiid. That and more on this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast.