The 10-man rotation, starring the Heat’s O evolving to counter the Bulls’ D (Ball Don't Lie)
The News A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.
C : Heat.com . With plenty of input from Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale, Couper Moorhead offers a really fascinating in-depth look at how the Chicago Bulls use Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson as something like quarterback-spying linebackers in their defense, how the Heat changed up their offensive attack to thwart the Bulls' big men in their Game 3 win , and how Miami's offense continues to adapt and evolve as its players' skill-sets develop. Really interesting stuff.
PF : Grantland . This one dropped before Game 3, but I still like Brett Koremenos' breakdown of how the Oklahoma City Thunder can de-emphasize their frontcourt offensive struggles by going small, and how they can do so without getting pounded by the Memphis Grizzlies' bruising big men. It'll be interesting to see if Scott Brooks goes smaller for longer stretches in search of a series-evening win in Monday's Game 4 .
SF : Welcome to Loud City . Even with Kevin Durant playing less-than-celestial basketball, virtually everyone else not named Reggie Jackson struggling and the Grindhouse faithful in full throat, the Thunder still found themselves tied at 81 with about 90 seconds to go and a real shot at swiping back home-court advantage from the Grizzlies. And then, thanks to a couple of critical late mistakes, it all went to pieces. Noted masochist J.A. Sherman revisits the scene of the crimes.
The News The NBA has fined Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson $25,000 for an outburst at a referee in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Miami. The league announced the fine Friday.
Our View The Heat were well on their way to a 115-78 victory when Gibson went off at an official early in the fourth quarter. With 10:13 remaining, he did not leave the court in a timely fashion after he and teammate Joakim Noah were ejected by referee Scott Foster. Gibson continued to shout at Foster. The Bulls were called for six technicals during that game and Miami three. The game was the most lopsided postseason win for Miami and the biggest playoff loss for Chicago.
The News Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson was fined $25,000 for verbal abuse of a game official, Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations, announced hours before Game 3 of a physical series with the Miami Heat.
Awakened Heat undress Bulls by 37 to even series 1-1 (NBC Sports)
The News In Game 1, Chicago outworked the Heat and we saw what the Heat look like when things don’t go their way. In Game 2 Wednesday night, Miami outworked the Bulls and we saw what the Bulls looked like when things don’t go their way —it was ugly. Like Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson get ejected…
Nate Robinson (flu) is playing, but puking on the Chicago Bulls bench (Video) (Ball Don't Lie)
The News The Chicago Bulls entered Thursday's Game 6 against the Brooklyn Nets shorthanded, with starting point guard Kirk Hinrich sidelined by a calf injury and starting small forward Luol Deng hampered by an illness so severe that he reportedly spent time in a Chicago emergency room Wednesday undergoing tests to make sure he didn't have viral meningitis (he doesn't) and that lingered long enough for him to be sent home before Thursday's tip .
Bulls reserves Nate Robinson and Taj Gibson played Thursday, but they were battling flu-like symptoms , too. And in Nate's case, he was battling a churning stomach even on the bench, placing a trash cash beneath him during timeouts and draping a towel over his head to provide cover as he, um, booted:
Taj Gibson humiliates Kris Humphries with the massive one-handed slam (Video) (Ball Don't Lie)
The News In Game 1 of the 2011 Eastern Conference finals , Chicago Bulls reserve forward/center Taj Gibson threw down a dunk so hard over Miami Heat superstar Dwyane Wade ( the clip can be found here ) that it was eventually immortalized in cake form — the highest compliment some Western nations can give.
In honor of Kris Humphries’ recent legal emancipation from the Kardashian clan, Gibson decided to throw down his own sort of tribute in the face of the Brooklyn Nets reserve forward. During the second quarter of Thursday night’s Game 3 between the Bulls and Nets, this unfortunate event took place:
(As someone who is perched at the United Center as I write this, I should point out that the Bulls crowd was going gaga over the replay some 10 to 15 minutes — and several timeouts — later. And if you think I'm being a little too hard on Humphries, understand that his first move upon entering the game tonight was to leer at the Chicago Bulls cheerleaders while "stretching" on his team's net.)
Have the Chicago Bulls Improperly Managed Player Injuries This Season? (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
The News COMMENTARY | By the end of each NBA regular season, the injury bug has usually taken its toll on just about every team. However, this season injuries did much more than take a toll on the Chicago Bulls. They absolutely ravaged the team. Every single intended starter has missed significant time with one ailment or another. The only one able to remain intact for the most part was Carlos Boozer; which is ironic because he is probably viewed as the most injury-prone. Even key bench players such as Taj Gibson have been forced into extended absences.
The News The Chicago Bulls were without five key players against the Brooklyn Nets, though coach Tom Thibodeau provided optimistic reports on Derrick Rose and Gibson.
Our View Thibodeau said Rose did everything during the morning shootaround and was getting closer to returning from left knee surgery. Gibson injured his left knee Tuesday at Washington, but Thibodeau says an MRI exam showed it was only a slight sprain.
Bulls' Gibson reinjures knee in loss to Wizards (The Associated Press)
The News WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson reinjured his left knee Tuesday night in a loss to the Washington Wizards, another setback for a team struggling to put together a healthy roster for the playoffs.
Tom Thibodeau Deserves NBA Coach of the Year Honors (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
The News COMMENTARY | This was supposed to be a lost season for the Chicago Bulls. The much celebrated "bench mob" had been broken up and replaced with unproven athletes, veterans thought to be past their primes, and NBA journeymen. This, of course, was in addition to the realization that Derrick Rose could miss the entire year recovering from his torn ACL. Even the players that have been able to take the court have not been able to stay there. Joakim Noah, Rip Hamilton, Kirk Hinrich, Marco Belinelli and Taj Gibson have all been in and out of the line-up with various injuries. ...
Bulls F Taj Gibson out with sprained left knee (The Associated Press)
The News CHICAGO (AP) -- Taj Gibson is expected to miss at least two weeks with a sprained left knee, forcing the Chicago Bulls to play without one of their key reserves at a pivotal point in the season.
The News Gibson scored 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting to lead a balanced scoring attack as the Bulls beat Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats 105-75. The win came after a disappointing 19-point loss at home to the Miami Heat on Thursday night.
Our View Gibson had 20 total points in the previous four games.
The News CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Taj Gibson scored 17 points and was one of eight Chicago Bulls players who scored in double figures as the Bulls routed the cold-shooting Charlotte Bobcats 105-75 on Friday night.
Celtics grind out ugly victory over slumping Bulls (Reuters)
The News (Reuters) - The Boston Celtics avoided another last-ditch loss against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday when they eked out a scrappy 71-69 home victory in a low-quality encounter between two injury-ravaged teams. Last month, Marco Belinelli sealed a 100-99 victory for the Bulls with three seconds left but his potential game-winning basket in the latest match-up was blocked, before Taj Gibson missed an attempted three-pointer as the clock ran down. "You win games on the defensive end and that's what we did tonight," Boston's Jason Terry, who blocked Belinelli's late shot, told reporters. ...
UPDATE 1-NBA-Celtics grind out ugly victory over slumping Bulls (Reuters)
The News (adds quotes) * Pierce struggles but lands big shot * Game marked by poor shooting from both teams Feb 13 (Reuters) - The Boston Celtics avoided another last-ditch loss against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday when they eked out a scrappy 71-69 home victory in a low-quality encounter between two injury-ravaged teams. Last month, Marco Belinelli sealed a 100-99 victory for the Bulls with three seconds left but his potential game-winning basket in the latest match-up was blocked, before Taj Gibson missed an attempted three-pointer as the clock ran down. ...
Catching Up with the Bench Mob (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
The News COMMENTARY | When the Bulls let a 27-point lead turn into a one-point loss against the Milwaukee Bucks Monday, it was pointed out Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau used only eight players in the game, and used the three reserves (Nate Robinson, Jimmy Butler, and Taj Gibson) sparingly in the second half.
The News Gibson has agreed to a four-year, $38 million contract extension with the Chicago Bulls, just before the NBA deadline.
Our View Gibson broke the news Wednesday night following a season-opening win over Sacramento, after emerging from a meeting with executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman. The new deal kicks in after the season, and it locks in one of Chicago's key players for the long term. It was a stunning turn considering Gibson said before the game that he didn't expect an agreement to be reached.
Boozer, Bulls keep Kings at bay in final minute (The SportsXchange)
The News CHICAGO -- With pregame attention focused on whether or not Chicago would sign Taj Gibson to a contract extension before Wednesday's deadline, Carlos Boozer reminded everyone that the Bulls have a quality power forward already under contract.
The News CHICAGO - With pregame attention focused on whether or not Chicago would sign Taj Gibson to a contract extension before Wednesday's deadline, Carlos Boozer reminded everyone that the Bulls have a quality power forward already under contract.
The News Gibson does not expect to agree to a contract extension with the Chicago Bulls before Wednesday's deadline.
Our View Asked if he's turning down the Bulls' offer, Gibson says that's "the way I see it." He spoke briefly before the season opener against the Sacramento Kings. The sides have until 10:59 p.m. Central time to reach an agreement. Otherwise, he becomes a restricted free agent at the end of the season, meaning the Bulls would have the right to match any offer he receives on the open market.
Chicago Bulls Fan Beat: Taj Gibson Ready for Break-Out Season (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
The News With free agency fizzling for the Chicago Bulls, it's time for management to get off its collective butt, do something productive and lock up some real talent. Here's one deal that should be a no-brainer: Signing fan favorite Taj Gibson to a long-term contract.