2013 NBA Playoffs: Taj Gibson Makes His Presence Felt with Another Facial

Vinny HardyCorrespondent IApril 26, 2013

Mar 21, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson (22) reacts after making a basket against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
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When you think of Taj Gibson, what comes to mind?

At 6'9" and 225 pounds, he's tall and athletic.

That alone won't set him apart from any other NBA forward, though.

Throughout his career he's averaged 7.9 points and six rebounds per game during the regular season. Those numbers aren't much different in the playoffs.

The only difference is that when the postseason stage gets bigger and the glare of the lights intensifies, Gibson scores with a little more flair.

He has a history of this, let's revisit it.

It's safe to say that D-Wade and the Heat have moved on and tried to block this out. They are the defending champions, and have a good chance of rolling through the playoffs en route to a repeat.

However, that facial was served up during the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, so it is and will always be one of those unforgettable playoff moments.

Let's not forget what he did later on in that very same game to ice it.

Now as for Game 3 of Chicago's first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets, Kris Humphries joined Wade as Gibson's latest playoff victim.


Which dunk do you think is best?

Both are nasty, and both have pros and cons.

Wade is a smaller player, but it's still nasty because of the caliber of player he is. You don't see that happen to D-Wade very often, and Gibson dunked all over him, literally.

Humphries is a bigger player than Gibson, so that alone carries a lot of weight. It wasn't as direct of a facial as the Wade dunk, and it would have been off the charts nasty if it had been on Brook Lopez as opposed to Humphries.

That said, it is what it is, which is another reminder that as long as the Bulls are alive in the playoffs opposing defenders can feel the wrath of Gibson at any given time.


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