Bulls had an earlier-than-usual shootaround, and here's the latest on the ankle-sprain twins from that media scrum:
Thibodeau said Taj will do shootaround and is expected to play. Noah gametime decision but still limping and won't do full shootaround.— K.C Johnson (@KCJHoop) May 10, 2012
And the Sun-Times with some words directly from Taj:
I’ve been getting treatment the last two days so I should be OK. I’m going to play. It’s about how much pain I can take. I’m going to go out there and lay it on the line.
That's admirable from the always-admirable Taj Gibson, but it should be noted that when he did return to game five, it was hurting the team. He (and Noah) rely on their athleticism so their hobbled play just isn't very good.
Then again, if Taj can give them some minutes it'll certainly help. If Noah's out the Bulls only have Boozer and Asik to man the frontcourt for most of the game, though Deng can play some PF in lineups where the Sixers play Thaddeus Young. Eh, who are we kidding...if Taj is 'cleared', Thibs will play him as much as possible.
(Remember when the Bulls were going to sign a 5th big man who wasn't a mascot?)