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Taj Gibson | Forward

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 225
College: USC
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Taj Gibson (ankle) will not play Friday vs. the Celtics.
With Gibson out, Nikola Mirotic could see some extended minutes off the bench. However, Mirotic was only able to muster 20.8 minutes of action during his last outing with both Gibson and Joakim Noah (eye, left knee) sidelined, so there's no certainty that he will see major minutes. Nov 27 - 6:50 PM

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Taj Gibson (ankle) is uncertain to return by Friday's game against the Celtics.

Gibson has already been ruled out of Monday and Tuesday's contests, and he's not even traveling with the team currently. Tom Thibodeau said there isn't much swelling, the Bulls won't take any chances with letting Gibson's ankle injury linger. Nikola Mirotic stands to benefit from Gibson's absence.
Nov 24 - 9:44 AM

Taj Gibson (ankle) was sent home to Chicago to be evaluated by team doctors, and he will not play Monday vs. the Jazz or Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

Nikola Mirotic will be the main beneficiary of Gibson's absence, and he is coming off a 24-point 11-rebound outing vs. Portland. If Pau Gasol (calf) is also unable to suit up on Monday, Mirotic is going to get all the minutes he can handle, and he makes for a decent speculative add in standard leagues for owners with roster space. Just know that Mirotic's value could be short-lived with Gasol nearing a return.
Nov 23 - 2:44 PM

Taj Gibson sprained his left ankle for the third time since last year's playoffs on Friday, saying afterward, "I have to stop trying to run back out there and trying to play through these things."

"I pushed through a whole summer of trying to rehab the same ankle and it just keeps flaring up," Gibson said. "I just keep having these little bum ankle turns ... I have to be patient ... We've got a long season, but the dog in me wants to be out there and play. I have to learn from this." The ongoing nature of Gibson's injury suggests he'll miss significant time with his latest sprain, though fantasy owners can expect plenty of nebulous injury updates from the Bulls in the days to come. Nikola Mirotic posted a 20-10 game after Gibson went down on Friday, though his role will be limited once Pau Gasol (calf) gets back on the court.
Nov 22 - 11:16 AM

Coach Tom Thibodeau downplayed the ankle injury suffered by Taj Gibson on Friday night against the Blazers, saying he didn't think it was serious despite Gibson leaving the arena on crutches and in a walking boot.

X-rays taken were negative but there is a different vibe coming from writers that think he may need at least a little time to get his ankle right. Owners speculating on Nikola Mirotic (24 points, 11 rebounds, four threes) may want to tap the breaks here, but the running joke is that Thibs doesn't think any injury is serious. With Pau Gasol set to come back sooner rather than later it would appear, Mirotic is more of a flier than anything in 12-14 team formats. In daily formats owners could be able to squeeze a few good games out of him.
Nov 22 - 1:26 AM

Taj Gibson hit the ground after hurting his left ankle in Friday's game and did not return.

He was helped off the floor by teammates and he is already on crutches, and it's the same ankle he hurt against the Cavs. Nikola Mirotic has looked pretty good with Pau Gasol out and he'll clearly take a backseat to Gasol and Joakim Noah, but in that injury prone crew he'll also be well-positioned if the injury bug strikes. We don't have a timetable on Gibson since the injury just occurred, but Mirotic is worth a look as a speculative add for any low-upside or risky player on your roster.
Nov 22 - 12:07 AM

Taj Gibson scored 12 points with eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 34 minutes against the Kings on Thursday.

Gibson owners had higher hopes than this tonight as the starting power forward. In his seven starts at power forward last season, he averaged 20.6 points, 9.7 boards, 1.7 blocks and 0.9 steals. Pau Gasol (calf) could miss more time, so Gibson owners should continue to have him locked into their lineups until further notice.
Nov 21 - 1:20 AM

Taj Gibson enjoyed life without Pau Gasol (calf) in Monday's road win over the Clippers, scoring 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting with five rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks in 41 minutes.

Yes, he would be quite good if Gasol (day-to-day) missed any extended time, but everybody knew that coming into the season. He still has standalone value and should be in many lineups on a weekly basis.
Nov 18 - 2:08 AM

Contrary to a previous report, Taj Gibson will come off the bench on Saturday, while Joakim Noah will draw the start.

Shocker. Gibson was listed among the starters Saturday but Noah started the game. The Bulls are at it once again but regardless of whether Gibson or Noah starts, they are both must-start options in standard leagues.
Nov 8 - 8:13 PM

Taj Gibson is listed as a starter for Saturday's game, while Joakim Noah looks poised to come off the bench.

Here we go. Coach Thibodeau said that every other player besides Rose was healthy, so this looks like a strategic move and it will be interesting to hear his reasoning for the move. Noah was out on the floor warming up, so he appears to be ready to play. Stay tuned.
Nov 8 - 7:46 PM

Taj Gibson will head back to the bench on Friday as Joakim Noah makes his return to the starting lineup.

Gibson could still get some solid run in this game as the Bulls are playing against the 76ers and things could get out of hand early. Gibson is averaging 16.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.0 block per game while shooting a ridiculous 71.4 percent from the field while coming off the bench, so he's still a reliable asset in standard leagues even in a sixth man role.
Nov 7 - 12:44 PM

The Bulls are listing Taj Gibson (ankle) as probable for Friday against the Sixers.

It would be a shock if he didn't play after logging a whopping 44 minutes in his last game on Wednesday. Owners should fully expect him out there, and he'll be an especially nice play if Joakim Noah (illness) doesn't suit up.
Nov 6 - 4:47 PM

Taj Gibson scored 23 points with 10 rebounds, two assists one steal and one turnover in 44 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

Joakim Noah (illness) didn't play tonight and Gibson will almost always have a big line when Noah or Pau Gasol sit out. Gibson still does enough as a sixth man off the bench, so keep him owned in most leagues.
Nov 5 - 11:45 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) will play against the Bucks on Wednesday.

He was on the injury report for an ankle injury over the weekend, but it didn't limit him on Tuesday. Gibson is a fantastic player to use in daily formats tonight.
Nov 5 - 6:50 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) is probable for Wednesday's game against Milwaukee.

This would be excellent news for Gibson's owners as Joakim Noah (illness) is doubtful Wednesday. Check back for an update, but if Gibson plays, he could be in for a huge night.
Nov 5 - 1:40 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Derrick Rose
2Aaron Brooks
3Kirk Hinrich
4E'Twaun Moore
SG1Jimmy Butler
2Tony Snell
SF1Mike Dunleavy
2Doug McDermott
PF1Pau Gasol
2Taj Gibson
3Nikola Mirotic
4Cameron Bairstow
C1Joakim Noah
2Nazr Mohammed