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Status of Bulls' big men Gibson, Noah differ for Game 6

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Status of Bulls' big men Gibson, Noah differ for Game 6

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.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Daniel Gafford brings it all in his first meaningful game

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Daniel Gafford brings it all in his first meaningful game

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Kendall Gill and Will Perdue join Kevin Anderson to discuss Daniel Gafford, Lauri Markkanen’s prolonged slump, and adjusting expectations.

1:30 - Reaction to Daniel Gafford’s breakout game and what he brings to the Bulls

7:10 - The best way to use Gafford moving forward

9:45 - How Gafford and Wendell Carter playing together helps Wendell

10:50 - On Lauri Markkanen’s extended slump and is it time for a lineup change?

14:40 - Will and Kendall on advice they would give Lauri

17:20 - On importance of LaVine and Markkanen and inconsistent minutes

19:30 - Would a game off be a good idea to help Markkanen?

22:15 - Is it time to adjust our expectations for the Bulls this season?

27:00 - At what points will Bulls know what kind of team they are?

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Daniel Gafford breaks out in loss to Bucks

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Daniel Gafford breaks out in loss to Bucks

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, Matt Peck, Dave Watson, and John Sabine react to the Bulls 115-101 loss to the Bucks.

0:45                        Reaction to breakout game from Daniel Gafford

3:30                        On Gafford getting limited minutes and not playing in the 4th quarter

7:00                        Viewer comment on sitting Markkanen

8:55                        Viewer comment on on Zach and Lauri

10:15                     On the rotations and bench play

12:45                     Viewer comment on Coby White long-term potential

14:30                     Dave needs to do a show with no hat?

16:15                     Viewer comment on Zach LaVine

18:00                     Viewer trade idea with Warriors

19:45                     Viewer comment brings back Rose memories

20:05                     Change the starting lineup?

22:05                     Viewer makes Sabine happy by referencing Doncic

23:10                     Matt Peck breaks his mic

25:00                     On the Bucks having fun before the Bulls game

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