Bulls' Taj Gibson playing through torn ligament in left hand
Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson said on Saturday that he has been playing with a stage two ligament tear in his left hand for four weeks.
Taj Gibson said he's playing with a stage 2 ligament tear in his left hand and has been for four weeks.— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) February 22, 2015
Gibson said hand, like Deng's situation, is healing. His ankle? Doctors said won't be fully right all season. Thibs called him "warrior."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) February 22, 2015
Gibson hasn't missed any time with the injury and was averaging 9.2 points and 6.0 rebounds over six games this month entering Saturday.
Gibson also denied reports that suggested he was frustrated over a perceived lack of shots.
More Taj: "I've never been a guy focused on shots. I've never been a guy focused on minutes. I'm about winning."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) February 22, 2015
Taj: "I said, ‘Doc, whatever it takes. Just bandage me up. I’m going to get my treatment and do what I can on the court.’ No excuses."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) February 22, 2015
After Saturday's win, the Bulls are 35-21, third in the Eastern Conference. Gibson is averaging 10.8 points and 6.8 rebounds over 46 games this season.
- Mike Fiammetta