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Taj Gibson | Forward | #67

Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Age / DOB:  (32) / 6/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 235
College: USC
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (26) / CHI
Contract: view contract details

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Taj Gibson (neck) finished Sunday's 104-101 defeat with nine points on 4-of-6 shooting, six rebounds, two turnovers and one assist in 32 minutes.
Gibson admitted recently that his neck injury is healing slowly and he has limited range of movement, adding, "Just got to play through it." He'll do anything in his power to suit up and there are no indications that he might miss time in the postseason -- it helps that he'll get two days to rest prior to Game 2. Apr 15 - 11:52 PM

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Taj Gibson (neck) is "ready to go" for Game 1 on Sunday, according to coach Tom Thibodeau.

Gibson's neck injury continues to bother him and he conceded he won't be 100 percent until the offseason, but he'll fill his usual role in the starting lineup tonight.
Apr 15 - 7:42 PM

Taj Gibson (neck) is not expected to miss time, but his injury is not improving.

"No different, just got to play through it," Gibson said. "There’s not much improvement. It’s just something that’s going to have to heal up in the offseason and get rest." Gibson has a reputation as an absolute warrior, so while he may not be 100 percent, we don't expect him to miss any time as a result of this injury.
Apr 15 - 2:39 PM

Taj Gibson said he's banged up from his neck injury.

"I"ll survive, been a tough road to get to this point," Gibson said. "I'm happy to get in. I can turn my neck to the right now a little bit. At the end of the day, it’s all about will and playing through it and being there for my teammates." Gibson was the defensive star on Wednesday night, so expect him to continue to play minutes in the 30s. He will likely wind up guarding Clint Capela a lot in this series.
Apr 13 - 6:37 PM

Taj Gibson (neck) scored eight points with six rebounds, two steals and one block in 35 minutes against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

He had the defensive play of the game as he stripped Nikola Jokic in the corner and was able to recover the ball to call timeout and allow the Wolves to get the last shot of regulation -- Jamal Crawford missed. After the game, Gibson talked about how he played through his neck injury. "They gave me some good drugs," he said. This Taj signing worked out just fine.
Apr 11 - 11:35 PM

Taj Gibson (neck) is in the starting lineup vs. Denver on Wednesday.

He wasn't going to miss this game in what is the biggest regular-season game for most of this roster. Gibson practiced on Tuesday and was at shootaround, so he could see minutes in the upper 30s -- 40s? He'll start with the usual crew of Jeff Teague, Andrew Wiggins, Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns.
Apr 11 - 7:17 PM

Taj Gibson (neck) was a full participant at shootaround and is expected to play Wednesday against the Nuggets.

Tom Thibodeau still wants to see Gibson get through his pregame routine before an official decision is made on his playing status, but there's really no way he's going to miss the Timberwolves last, and most important game of the season (if they lose, they don't make the playoffs). Gibson's ability to play will likely be a matter of pain tolerance, but he's pretty legendary in that department; he played through torn ligaments in his ankle during his Chicago days.
Source: ESPN
Apr 11 - 12:14 PM

Taj Gibson (neck soreness) participated in Tuesday's practice.

Tom Thibodeau wouldn't commit to Gibson being available for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets, but we'll have a better idea on his status following tomorrow's shootaround. If he is forced to sit out a game, Gorgui Dieng and Nemanja Bjelica would split his minutes. Stay tuned.
Apr 10 - 2:49 PM

Taj Gibson (neck soreness) will not return on Monday vs. the Grizzlies.

The injury was originally believed to be a right shoulder issue, but we should have more details after the game. In the short term, look for Gorgui Dieng and maybe Nemanja Bjelica to pick up the slack for the Wolves.
Apr 9 - 9:14 PM

Taj Gibson went back to the locker room after banging his shoulder on Monday vs. the Grizzlies.

He was grabbing his right shoulder and was being looked at by the team trainer, but they'll re-evaluate him in the locker room. If Gibson is unable to return, that means we'll see more of Gorgui Dieng and Nemanja Bjelica.
Apr 9 - 8:34 PM

Taj Gibson went for 18 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots in Friday's 113-96 road victory against the Lakers.

It's Gibson's second straight strong showing after some erratic play to close out March and a stinker to open the month of April. He is averaging 17.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.5 3-pointers per outing while hitting 50.0 percent (14-of-28) from the floor in his past two outings. It's a great sign for Minnesota as the team ramps up for their playoff run.
Apr 7 - 1:34 AM

Taj Gibson struggled vs. the Rockets on Sunday, scoring four points on 2-of-6 shooting with three rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 25 minutes.

Gibson battled foul trouble throughout this game, including a pair of fouls on 3-point shooters, and it was simply an off night for the nine-year veteran. He was coming off a quiet eight-point game vs. the Spurs on Saturday, but hasn't been held to single-digit points in three consecutive games all season -- we're anticipating a bounce-back effort vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.
Mar 18 - 10:21 PM

Taj Gibson scored 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in the Wolves loss to the Celtics on Thursday night.

Gibson had just one assist and didn't register a steal or block. Gibson continues to score efficiently (he's shooting 62.4 percent from the floor over his last ten contests), but has five or fewer rebounds in four straight games.
Mar 8 - 11:20 PM

Taj Gibson (left hip contusion) finished with 12 points in his return to the lineup Friday in Utah.

Gibson hit a very efficient 6-of-8 from the field with four rebounds, three assists and a steal across 39 minutes. Coach Tom Thibodeau said before the game that Gibson was feeling much better, and the fact he didn't play with any kind of minutes cap or restrictions means Gibson is officially 100 percent. Unfortunately for his fantasy owners, you'll now have to wait until Thursday until he and his team play again.
Mar 3 - 2:36 AM

Taj Gibson (left hip contusion) will play on Friday vs. the Jazz.

Gibson didn't want to talk about the injury, but coach Tom Thibodeau said he's feeling much better. Deploy him like you normally would, and he'll have plenty of time to heal up after this one with the Wolves off until next Thursday.
Mar 2 - 9:29 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Jeff Teague
2Tyus Jones
3Aaron Brooks
4Derrick Rose
SG1Andrew Wiggins
2Jamal Crawford
3Marcus Georges-Hunt
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Anthony Brown
PF1Taj Gibson
2Nemanja Bjelica
3Amile Jefferson
C1Karl-Anthony Towns
2Gorgui Dieng
3Justin Patton
4Cole Aldrich