Taj Gibson needs to sit for a few games

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Taj Gibson is one of the most popular and respected Bulls, both with fans and head coach Tom Thibodeau. Taj has certainly earned this respect over the years, as he has had a very successful career, outperforming the vast majority of NBA players drafted at his position (26th overall in the 2009 draft) or later.

Gibson has certainly earned the "Hard Hat and Lunch Pail" moniker that Bulls' color commentator Stacey King has bestowed upon him. He is known as one of the better defenders in the league, and came into the season as a serious contender for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award (he finished a solid 2nd in the voting last season to former Bull and current Clipper Jamal Crawford).

Gibson was drafted as a defender and a rebounder, and he was solid in that role as a rookie. He beat out former #2 overall draft pick Tyrus Thomas for the starting job, and wound up starting 70 games as a rookie, averaging 9.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots in 26.9 minutes.


Mike Dunleavy, Jimmy Butler lead Bulls to ugly 118-115 win in Philly

Mike Dunleavy scored a season-high 27 points in 31 minutes, as the Bulls survived three quarters of fairly bad basketball to slip past Philadelphia 118-115 Friday night. The Bulls won their fourth consecutive game in getting to 5-1 on the season, while the Sixers lost their sixth straight and remain winless.
This was a win that Thibs will certainly take, but one that should have been much easier. The Bulls played a very lackluster first half, trailing by as many nine points in the second quarter before going on a 17-8 run over the final 5:20 to tie the game at 57 by halftime. Jimmy Butler was the offensive star of a first half in which neither team played much defense, leading both teams with 15 points on 6/11 shooting.


Bulls vs Cavaliers Halloween game draws huge ratings for ESPN

While all Bulls fans knew that the Bulls vs Cavaliers game last Friday was about as big a game as you can possibly have in the first week of the season, the game's television ratings show that the rest of the country apparently though it was a big deal as well.

ESPN’s telecast of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 114-108 overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday, Oct. 31, delivered one of the network’s highest-rated, regular-season NBA games ever, according to Nielsen. The Bulls vs Cavaliers game posted a 3.1 overnight rating, up 48 percent from a 2.1 for last season’s comparable game – the Miami Heat versus the Brooklyn Nets. The 3.1 overnight rating matches the third-highest rated regular-season NBA game ever on ESPN.


Jimmy Butler injury update

Bulls guard Jimmy Butler sustained an injury to his left thumb against Charlotte on Monday night.

Subsequent examinations and an MRI confirmed a sprain of thumb ligaments. Butler will not practice this week and will not play in Chicago’s final preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He will be re-evaluated after that.
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