Bulls’ Taj Gibson out; Derrick Rose shows improvement
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org February 26, 2013 12:06PM
Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson (22) shoots over Charlotte Bobcats' Brendan Haywood (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. The Bulls won 105-75. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Updated: February 26, 2013 9:41PM
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed that Taj Gibson did in fact suffer a sprained left knee in the Sunday night loss to the Thunder, and will miss at least two weeks. That means that Nazr Mohammed will be dusted off to help give Joakim Noah some rest, while Jimmy Butler and Vladimir Radmanovic, yes, that Vladimir Radmanovic, will see increased minutes in the four spot that Gibson helped occupy off the bench.
“That’s part of an NBA season,’’ Thibodeau said of the building list of injured players this season. “That’s the challenge that’s in front of us, to be ready. Whoever goes in, just get the job done. That’s everyone’s responsibility.’’
On the Derrick Rose front, Thibodeau wouldn’t budge on shedding light on where Rose is this week.
“Just daily improving, that’s all,’’ Thibodeau said, as Rose continued his rehab from May surgery to repair his torn left ACL.
With three home games this week, the feeling was that if there was a good time for the MVP to return it would be now, but there were no signs of that on Tuesday.
“I just go day-by-day,’’ Thibodeau said of a return this week for his point guard. “I just want him to continue to improve, when he’s ready, he’s ready. His focus is on the rehab, our team is focused on their improvement and the opponent, and at some point hopefully he’ll rejoin us.’’
Although Nate Robinson is the latest Bulls player to show some excitement about what he’s been seeing from Rose in practice.
“Every day,’’ Robinson responded, when asked if he could see the improvement with Rose. “Every day he gets better and stronger, and hopefully he’s on the path to come back whenever he’s ready.’’
Finally, Kirk Hinrich did practice with the team in the shootaround, and was a game-time decision against the Cavs tonight. If he sits out this game with that injured right elbow, it would be his fourth straight that he would miss, and his 11th game in their last 12.