PHILADELPHIAAfter twisting his right ankle in Tuesdays Game 5 win over the 76ers at the United Center, Taj Gibson insists hell play in Thursday evenings Game 6 in Philadelphia.
"Im all right. Ive been getting treatment the last few days, so I should be OK," Gibson said prior to the Bulls morning shootaround at Community College of Philadelphia. Im going to play.
The doctors said I cant do any harm to it. Just go out there, its all about how much I can take. Just go out there and lay it all on the line, continued the third-year power forward, who noted that his ankle experienced some swelling on Wednesday, but has since gone down. It didnt really feel any kind of way after the game, but it got a little bit sore. But these things happen. Its all about how much pain you can take and weve got some of the best doctors, so Im looking forward to playing full strength.
His coach was a bit more coy about Gibsons status.
Taj is better, said Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, though he eventually admitted that Gibson would most likely play Thursday and would can go in the teams shootaround.
Hes huge. Hes been a big part of our team for a long time. Hes playing starters minutes now, he continued about Gibson, arguably the Bulls most consistent impact player in the first-round playoff series. Hes come off the bench, short minutes, extended minutes, can guard five positions. Hes scoring the ball very effectively, so hes playing at a very high level.
As for the Bulls other injured big man, starting center Joakim Noah traveled with the team and was present at the shootaround, but declined to talk to reporters.
Jo will be a game-time decision, said Thibodeau, who added that Noah would do a little bit at shootaround. Hes better.
Chimed in Gibson: Hes looking great. Hes looking better by the day, shooting yesterday, so well see how he feels.
It would be great for our team. Wed have an extra big, wed have one of our emotional leaders back and it would help our team out in many different ways.