The Chicago Bulls have announced that starting power forward Taj Gibson will sit tonight against the Philadelphia 76ers due to a sore ankle. Coach Fred Hoiberg says he doesn’t think the injury is serious.
Taj Gibson will be out tonight with left ankle soreness.
Gibson has started 47 of the 48 games Chicago has played this year. He’s scored 11.6 points per game on 51 percent shooting while adding in 7.1 rebounds and one block per game and averaging 27.6 minutes.
Gibson’s replacement in the starting lineup is yet to be announced. While Gibson has been the starter all season, young forward Nikola Mirotic has essentially split minutes with him at the four, averaging 22 minutes per game, though he has only topped 20 minutes once over the last five games.
Mirotic is the likely starter unless Hoiberg wants to try something experimental.
Bulls stars Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade will return to the starting lineup after being disciplined in the game against the Miami Heat on Friday night. Rookie Denzel Valentine will also return to the Bulls after playing one game with the Development League affiliate Windy City Bulls and nailing eight threes.