Taj Gibson admits he’s been hiding hand injury for weeks

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Taj Gibson has played pretty well this season, but he hasn’t defended quite as tenaciously as the high standard he set for himself in previous seasons.

Why?

Because he’s unhappy coming of the bench? Because he’s not getting along with Tom Thibodeau? Because he was distracted by trade rumors?

Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago:

It hadn’t been “flowing” for him recently, which was due more to a stage 2 ligament tear in his left (non-shooting) hand that he had been hiding for nearly four weeks.

“It was severe, they didn’t know what it could do,” Gibson said. “They put this big cast on my hand. It was so…man, I wouldn’t wish that on anybody. I didn’t tell anybody until now because it’s almost healed.”

The Bulls have played 10 games in the last four weeks. Gibson ranks fourth on the team in minutes in that span.

Thibodeau gonna Thibodeau.

By the way… Goodwill:

After singing Taj Gibson’s praises endlessly, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau revealed his energetic forward has an illness that will keep him out of tonight’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Finally something that can keep Gibson off the court. Maybe this will give Gibson’s hand a chance to heal fully.

This injury reveals Chicago’s potential. The Bulls have played excellently in spurts despite a number of injuries. If they get healthy in time for the playoffs, they could be very dangerous.