Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports
Overall Grade: A+
Minutes Played: 45
Stat Line: 21 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 blocks
In his first start of the season, Taj Gibson was absolutely phenomenal.
Gibson was scoring with efficiency, crashing the glass and protecting the rim at a tremendous rate. The proof is in the numbers.
Gibson tallied a grand total of 21 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor.
The biggest play of the game for Gibson came with 11.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
With the Bulls up 94-92, Jameer Nelson drove the lane and attempted to go off glass. Gibson instantly rose up and swatted the shot well out of bounds.
As for why we believe Nelson would have made it, he finished with 30 points.
On the other end, Gibson made a series of plays which displayed his raw nature.
Carlos Boozer found Gibson in the paint with two beautiful passes during the second half. Each time, Gibson failed to handle the pass and allowed it to go out of bounds.
With that being said, Gibson chased down his own rebound every time he missed. You know, when he actually did.
He was dominant on the glass, clutch on defense and consistent with his scoring. If this was an audition, Gibson passed with flying colors.
As did his frontcourt mate.