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Taj Gibson admits he’s been hiding hand injury for weeks

Chicago Bulls v Detroit Pistons

DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 20: Taj Gibson #22 of the Chicago Bulls goes for the dunk against the Detroit Pistons during the game on February 20, 2015 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Allen Einstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Taj Gibson has played pretty well this season, but he hasn’t defended quite as tenaciously as the high standard he set for himself in previous seasons.


Because he’s unhappy coming of the bench? Because he’s not getting along with Tom Thibodeau? Because he was distracted by trade rumors?

Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago:

It hadn’t been “flowing” for him recently, which was due more to a stage 2 ligament tear in his left (non-shooting) hand that he had been hiding for nearly four weeks.

“It was severe, they didn’t know what it could do,” Gibson said. “They put this big cast on my hand. It was so…man, I wouldn’t wish that on anybody. I didn’t tell anybody until now because it’s almost healed.”

The Bulls have played 10 games in the last four weeks. Gibson ranks fourth on the team in minutes in that span.

Thibodeau gonna Thibodeau.

By the way… Goodwill:

After singing Taj Gibson’s praises endlessly, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau revealed his energetic forward has an illness that will keep him out of tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Finally something that can keep Gibson off the court. Maybe this will give Gibson’s hand a chance to heal fully.

This injury reveals Chicago’s potential. The Bulls have played excellently in spurts despite a number of injuries. If they get healthy in time for the playoffs, they could be very dangerous.