Evans Clinchy
Thursday May 10th, 2012

The Chicago Bulls are confident that big man Taj Gibson will play in Game 6 of the team's first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

"I'm going to try to keep it moving," Gibson said. "I'm looking forward to playing, not sitting out. I'll be OK."

Gibson sprained his right ankle in the third quarter of the Bulls' 77-69 win over the Sixers in Game 5 last night. He played anyway in the fourth quarter, logging nearly six more minutes, but needed treatment throughout the day today.

Game 6 is tomorrow night back in Philadelphia. The Bulls will need all the quality minutes they can get -- their corps of big men is already depleted by the near-certain absence of starting center Joakim Noah, who also battles an ankle injury. Omer Asik is expected to start Game 6, with Gibson coming off the bench.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.