More foot issues for Taj Gibson

Per KC Johnson:

LOS ANGELES -- Taj Gibson didn't practice Sunday after suffering what he called a pinched nerve in his right foot.

Gibson suffered the injury during slide drills at the start of practice and limped out of Staples Center.

"It's
real sore," Gibson said. "I don't know if I'll be able to play Tuesday
(against the Lakers), but at least we have two more days to let it
heal."

It's a brutal time for this injury, as the Bulls play four games in five nights.   If he's not healthy enough to play in LA, then he's likely not healthy enough to play the next night either, and you might not see him on the final two games of the trip for that matter.

Still, this could simply be over-reacting if he's only questionable for the game.  After initial reports made it seem that Kyle Korver was in trouble with his knee injury, he ended up playing all three games in Texas, and the issue hasn't appeared again in the press.

As for Gibson, if the feeling is that he only plays one of the next two games, save him for Phoenix.   I know people will wig out at the idea of chalking up a game as a loss before it's played, but the odds of beating LA with Gibson are still long.   The odds of beating Phoenix with Gibson are pretty good, but might become long without him.    On this road trip, I'd be content splitting the next four games.

It'd represent the best circus trip the team has had post Jordan with a 4-3 record, and if it's managed with Boozer out, and Gibson hurt, then it's all the more impressive.  

That said, they aren't going to rest Gibson if he's ready to go, and the odds are that no one knows how his foot will respond until he plays.  Thus, my guess is he'll suit up against L.A., and we won't find out if he's too sore for Phoenix until the next day.  

If Gibson were to miss the time, then it looks like the Bulls would lean on Brian Scalabrine as the next man to come in and play minutes along with an increased role for Omer Asik and probably quite a bit of small ball.   The Bulls probably just look for the hot hands and ride whomever they feel that is.

They're faced with the fundamental problem that Asik can't stay on the floor due to foul trouble, Scalabrine simply isn't a volume minute caliber player, and small ball will get us murdered against L.A.    I'd probably play Omer until he fouls out and go small as much as possible limiting Scalabrine's minutes if I had to make a choice on how to cope with the loss.   I might also turn to James Johnson ahead of Scalabrine against the Lakers with the thought that he has a much better shot at matching up against Odom defensively. 

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  • I would def bring in JJ to make up some of Taj's minutes

  • If Taj is out I hope we start Deng at the PF position since he matches up well against the Lakers (Odom) and the Suns (Hedo). Just run a Deng/Noah/Asik rotation and keep the scrubs on the bench.

  • In reply to DontLetsStart:

    Who would you start at the 3? JJ? I'd say KK but then that ruins your bench scoring! I think Ronnie would do alright at the 3 if Thibs wanted to go that route

  • In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    I'd start Korver in a Rose/Brewer/Korver/Deng/Noah lineup. I think you start your best players and manage your rotations to keep some scoring out there all the time, not have scoring specifically on the bench.

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    In reply to UtahBullsFan:

    Gibson's got a history (but with a different injury) so this might be legit. But I just have to put it out there, false injury reports before big games are right out of the Boston playbook. The C's and the Pats do this all the time.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Wishful thinking! But you never know you know where our coach came from lol

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Bynum is out still, right? Deng can match up with Odom just fine. Start Brewer at the 3. I don't think the bulls miss a beat. I don't think they beat the lakers either, though.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Ha, yeah Jackson plays alot of games with the media and trying to get in peoples heads. Maybe Thibs is giving the Lakers a taste of their own medicine :-) I just hope it isnt serious.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    If Taj can't play I'd like to go with:
    Rose
    Brewer
    Deng
    Noah
    Asik

    or

    Rose
    Brewer
    KK
    Deng
    Noah
    Not much of a bench after that but the chances of us beating the Lakers or anyone for that matter at Staples Center are very slim.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    We have Scalabrine, so we'll be fine! Like MC Hammer says: "It's All Good!"

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Yeah don't think of that Black Sabbath song with Deng! LOL

    Need him to play some PF and play Brewer and KK at SG/SF.

    Noah will probably see even more time at PF & Center, along with playing Asik more.

    Time to play JJ as well.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    I would like to see Jo start at the 4 and Asik at the 5 so asik can try and slow gasol

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    I am interested to see where our offense comes from if Taj is out. Obviously Rose will get his, but Lu seems to play sub=par on the offensive end if he has a tough defensive assignment or plays too many minutes. Noah will be outsized on the boards without Taj to help him, and might not get as many put-bakcs as we are used to seeing. Hopefully the 3 days of rest helps and Taj isn't as bad as were are dreading.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    PLAY WITH PAIN:

    Taj Gibson seems to be the best on the Bulls when it comes to that.

    That said, if Tom Thibodeau needs to rest Taj for their upcoming games against Phoenix, Denver and Sac-town, then so be it. As the saying goes, "Short-term pain, Long-term gain."

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Iam not worry I really do think he will play

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    The only mistake we could make is not giving Asik every minute we can get out of him before he fouls out.

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    This is why they signed Kirk Thomas

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    BACK-TO-BACK STATS:

    -Yes the Bulls lead the NBA in back-to-backs(B2Bs) played w/ 23

    -But, here's the good news, we play in 26 games with the opponent on a B2B, giving us a +3 advantage

    -Of our 23, 15 our only us on a B2B, 8 are both Bulls & opponent

    -Of our opponents 26 B2Bs, 18 are just them on a B2B, with the same 8 shared B2Bs

    -After the road trip ends, we'll have only 10 B2Bs left where we are the only one on B2B, while having still around 16-17 games with only our opponent on a B2B

    Get the full stats here: http://basketbawful.blogspot.com/2010/11/unnecessarily-comprehensive-and-overdue.html

    Also interesting, here's how the schedule is made: http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/19219/how-to-build-the-nba-schedule

    Read more: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/2010/11/bulls-beat-167---through-the-texas-triangle.html#ixzz163noyDkp

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    BACK-TO-BACK STATS:
    The Bulls lead the NBA in back-to-backs(B2Bs) played w/ 23
    -But, here's the good news, we play in 26 games with the opponent on a B2B, giving us a +3 advantage
    -Of our 23, 15 our only us on a B2B, 8 are both Bulls & opponent
    -Of our opponents 26 B2Bs, 18 are just them on a B2B, with the same 8 shared B2Bs
    -After the road trip ends, we'll have only 10 B2Bs left where we are the only one on B2B, while having still around 16-17 games with only our opponent on a B2B

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Get the full stats here: http://basketbawful.blogspot.com/2010/11/unnecessarily-comprehensive-and-overdue.html

    Also interesting, here's how the schedule is made: http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/19219/how-to-build-the-nba-schedule

  • In reply to Redwhitenblack:

    Before this trip I had Bulls penciled in for wins at Houston, Phoenix, Sacramento, and figured they could steal one from San Antonio, Dallas or Denver. At 2-1 Bulls just need to focus on Phoenix and then they will be primed for the final two games.

    I completely agree with Doug and I wish Bulls could rest up against the Lakers to prepare for Phoenix but Thibs will probably play Deng, Noah and Rose 40 minutes! UGH!

  • In reply to Edward:

    Before Gibson was ruled out tomorrow against the LAL, I had the Bulls penciled in for a win

  • Me either! Do you see Kurt Thomas getting any minutes

  • Hopefully Korver & Brewer can pick the scoring and keep the Bulls in the game. Maybe Deng wil surprise us.

    Gasol and the Lakers front line will abuse and muscle Noah and the inexperiened improving Asik. Gibson will be missed big time, he must be allowed to get 100% healed.

  • Carmelo last night.....39pts...17-17 FREE THROWS....puts pressure on the defense, i dont think deng has even shot that many all year lol

  • Time to stuff the ballot boxes Chicago fans, we need to vote as many Bulls in as possible. The recognition would help.

    http://www.nba.com/allstar2011/asb/eng/daily.html

    Sign up is easy

    Vote early & vote often!

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