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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 played through his knee soreness on Friday, managing just four points on 2-of-4 shooting with one rebound, two assists and no steals or blocks in 22 minutes.
Gibson was playing well before this past week and given the circumstances owners should simply bench him until both he and the Bulls can turn it around -- which they will. Jan 31 - 2:47 AM

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Taj Gibson (knee) is probable to play against the Suns on Friday.

He is dealing with right patella tendinitis and it sounds more like a wear-and-tear issue. Gibson played 26 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday and the Bulls might hold him out in the second night of a back-to-back set -- that's not something coach Tom Thibodeau does often and we expect him to play. If he's out, Nikola Mirotic will play more in the late game of the night.
Jan 30 - 2:15 PM

Taj Gibson really struggled during Sunday's loss to the Heat, shooting 3-of-10 from the field for 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one turnover.

Gibson fell victim to the Hassan Whiteside show, and had his shot blocked six times tonight. His numbers are always going to take a dip when Joakim Noah is back in the lineup, and tonight was no different. Look for him to bounce-back on Tuesday with a more favorable matchup against the Warriors.
Jan 25 - 6:59 PM

Taj Gibson scored 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes off the bench on Friday.

Gibson was productive despite the return of Joakim Noah (23 minutes) and despite that he should be owned in all standard leagues.
Jan 24 - 2:15 AM

Taj Gibson turned in a productive game in the starting lineup against the Spurs on Thursday with 15 points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocks.

After some very quiet games in the starting lineup, Gibson is clicking on the stat sheet. In his last five games as a starter, he averaged 11.8 points, 7.8 boards, 0.8 steals and 2.6 blocks in 37.6 minutes per game. Joakim Noah (ankle) shouldn't be out much longer, but Gibson is a must-start player until further notice.
Jan 22 - 11:12 PM

Taj Gibson said that the Bulls have to "practice harder" to escape their current slump, during which they've lost six of the past eight games.

"We can't be taking days off," Gibson said. "We're going to go through rough stretches, but we got to practice harder and we got to play with some energy." Pau Gasol also called out his teammates for a lack of effort recently, and coach Tom Thibodeau suggested that some changes could be coming. "We have to find some continuity," Thibodeau said. "Maybe we look at different people." We'll let you know if minutes shift significantly in the next few games.
Jan 20 - 7:37 PM

Taj Gibson double-doubled with 10 points and 10 boards to go with a steal and five blocks in Monday's loss to the Cavs.

Gibson has been relatively quiet so this one is good for owners' confidence. He profiles as a late-round guy when the Bulls are at full strength, and he should be in most lineups whenever Joakim Noah is out.
Jan 19 - 11:41 PM

Taj Gibson played 39 minutes in a start against the Celtics on Friday with 13 points, eight rebounds and two assists during a 119-103 win.

It was much worse than expected in the plus matchup. Gibson averaged 14.6 points, 8.7 boards, 1.6 blocks and 0.6 steals in his previous nine starts, which is where he should be on Saturday against the Hawks. If Joakim Noah (ankle) is out, you'll want to start him.
Jan 17 - 12:21 AM

Taj Gibson will start in place of Joakim Noah on Friday night.

Coach Tom Thibodeau didn't do anything crazy today and surprise us. Gibson's numbers in the starting lineup are outstanding and he has a great matchup tonight, so he's a terrific play in any format.
Jan 16 - 7:25 PM

Taj Gibson played 32 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday with 12 points, six rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

Fantasy owners know the drill by now. When Joakim Noah (ankle) goes down, it's time to add Taj Gibson everywhere. Noah has looked old and slow in the past couple weeks, so the Bulls are likely going to be very cautious with him. Gibson could have a couple weeks of must-start value.
Jan 15 - 2:34 AM

Taj Gibson played through a thumb injury on Monday, scoring nine points on 4-of-7 shooting with six rebounds and no steals or blocks in 19 minutes.

Gibson has struggled over the last two weeks playing well below the cut line in 12-team formats. He still holds late-round value on the season and the starters ahead of him aren't exactly injury-proof, but the slowdown does at least beg the question of whether or not he should be dropped. If you see a mid-to-high level free agent out there, don't hesitate to make the move.
Jan 13 - 12:04 AM

Taj Gibson (left thumb) is probable to play on Monday against the Magic.

We don't expect Gibson to miss any time with the concern, and the Bulls didn't even mention it at Monday's shootaround. He's fine.
Jan 12 - 1:17 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) is being listed as probable for Wednesday's game against Utah.

Gibson has been playing through the pain, and hasn't missed any action since Dec. 19, so we'd expect him to give it a go on Wednesday. Check back for an official update closer to tip-off, but if he's forced to sit, Nikola Mirotic will get all the run he can handle.
Jan 6 - 4:10 PM

Taj Gibson (ankle) is probable for Saturday's game vs. the Celtics.

His minutes have been down this season, and even though he has had some difficulty staying healthy, Nikola Mirotic has posed a real threat to his role. Still, Gibson should be able to play on Saturday and belongs in most lineups. If he is forced to sit this one out, expect Nikola Mirotic to turn up the heat once again.
Jan 3 - 12:38 PM

Taj Gibson played 20 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday with nine points, seven rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

With Nikola Mirotic setting the NBA on fire, Gibson's minutes are slightly at risk. He's only played 19.0 minutes per game over his last three, but he's played well with a field goal percentage of 65.0 percent in that span. He is still worth holding in standard leagues.
Thu, Dec 25, 2014 11:18:00 PM

Depth Charts

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