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Gibson sprains knee, Bulls lose to Wizards. Not a good night for Chicago.

Apr 2, 2013, 11:10 PM EST

Taj Gibson AP

If the Bulls had designs on moving out of the six seed — and you know Tom Thibodeau wants to win every game with a white hot passion — this was not a good night.

First, the Bulls fell to the Wizards 90-86 in a game where Chicago had no answer for John Wall (27 points, 9 assists, 8 rebounds, nobody has slowed him lately).

But the bigger concern may be Taj Gibson, who sprained his knee in the first half, didn’t play the second and will have an MRI on Wednesday just to see how bad things are. Gibson recently missed 10 games due to a sprained MCL and this is the same knee.

Chicago is going to need to expand its training room with Joakim Noah, Marco Belinelli, Richard Hamilton and of course Derrick Rose already taking up tables in there pretty much full time.

This was a game where the Bulls looked shorthanded — they got 19 points and 12 rebounds from Carlos Boozer, 17 from Nate Robinson and 13 from Luol Deng, but the Bulls seemed to wear down as the game went on. Their early leads evaporated. In the fourth quarter the havoc Wall was wreaking started to give the Bulls defense some issues — A.J. Price was getting open looks and knocking them down.

The Wizards never pulled away, but they were able to do enough to get the win. Which is what we have seen from them a lot in recent weeks — they have something to build around next year.

The Bulls have to find a way to get guys healthy for the playoffs, with or without Rose. They are a team that has been grinding all season and you wonder if they can get right or will be ground down when the games really matter in a couple weeks.

  1. rodge1 - Apr 2, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    What does sublime have to say?

    • chicitybulls - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      What should he have to say? If you’re too foolish to see how much injuries have decimated this team then that says more about you than anyone. It’s not an excuse…it’s just a fact.

  2. asublimeday - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    The bulls won’t have trouble in the first round.. They need to get right for the big boys in the second round and beyond.

    It’s professional sports, these guys need to step up their conditioning and diet. I don’t buy that Thibbs is overworking them. Plenty of players have seen these kinds of minutes and made it a full season without the kind of nagging injuries this team has seen.

  3. itsthemelman82 - Apr 3, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    I’m pretty sure most Bulls fans feel the same way but, Thibs pisses me off with his not trusting young players. There’s no reason Malcolm Thomas shouldn’t get a few minutes that front court is thin as hell and it’s only gonna get worse. He did the same thing w/ Jimmy Butler last year, when you go into a game with 9 active players (2 coming back from injuries a week ago) how do you justify having 2 guys finish with DNPs?

    • badintent - Apr 3, 2013 at 3:24 AM

      Good Point. Woodsen plays his entire bench all season just to get them ready for the playoffs.Bulls are fading , knicks are gong in strong with 9 wins streak, see you in the playoffs ,with or without Amare. You had our number in the regular season but I like our chances now for playoffs.

  4. rodge1 - Apr 3, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    @chicitybulls

    Just returning the favor to him or her since he or she trolls other team’s articles. Certainly no coincidence he or she is nowhere to be found on this one.

    • chicitybulls - Apr 3, 2013 at 9:55 AM

      It’s all good. Didn’t mean to get in yalls internet beef or whatever.

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