News on Gibson isn't terrible

News on Gibson isn't terrible

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 04/04/2013 - 12:58

As the Bulls prepare for Thursday's game in Brooklyn, word is an MRI exam on Taj Gibson's injured left knee showed no tear.

So basically, Gibson aggravated an already sprained knee in the second quarter of Tuesday's loss at Washington. Gibson originally suffered the injury on Feb. 24 in Oklahoma City. He sat out 10 games, then played in six before the knee buckled again.

There's no telling when he might return, but it does seem conceivable he'll be close to full strength when the playoffs begin. Gibson played well in those six games after returning from the original knee sprain, averaging 10.2 points and 6.2 rebounds.

Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis) and Marco Belinelli (abdominal strain) probably won't play against Brooklyn. With nine games left in the regular season, the Bulls figure to play it safe, hoping they can stay relatively healthy for playoff time.

Brooklyn's Joe Johnson missed the last five games with a heel injury and is expected to play against the Bulls.

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