Taj Gibson Throws Down Nasty Dunk on Kris Humphries

Josh Martin@@JoshMartinNBANBA Lead WriterApril 25, 2013

Taj Gibson did his darndest to add some spice to the punchless 2013 NBA playoff series between the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night at the United Center.

With eight minutes and change left in the second quarter of Game 2, Gibson set a jarring pick on former Bulls teammate C.J. Watson before rolling to the rim, catching a pinpoint bounce pass from Nate Robinson and finishing with a thunderous dunk over a late-helping Kris Humphries.

This came mere moments after Gibson sent back a layup from Humphries on the other end.

In a related story, the collective Schadenfreude of the basketball world grew three sizes that day, Grinch-style.

Gibson's slam accounted for but two points in a 9-1 run that saw the Bulls extend their lead to 12 points in the second quarter at the "Madhouse on Madison."

Taj hasn't been particularly prolific for Chicago thus far. He tallied nine points and seven rebounds in 23 minutes during the Bulls' blowout loss in Game 1, and he finished with six points and one board in 11 minutes of action in Game 2. But Gibson's contributions are (and will be) crucial for Chicago, especially in light of Joakim Noah's foot problems.

And if Taj can toss in a rousing slam like this one from time to time, he'll only boost the quotient of excitement in the Windy City's favor.