(CBS) As Taj Gibson’s dunks go, so go the Bulls.
Or so it seems.
In Chicago’s big overtime win against Miami on Sunday, Gibson had a hammer dunk in transition late in the game that was crucial. As the Bulls absorbed a shellacking at the hands of the Spurs on Tuesday, Gibson had a thunderous dunk attempt that found back iron and deflected waywardly.
In the Bulls’ 111-87 victory against the Rockets on Thursday, Gibson again found his way. With Chicago holding a big lead in the fourth quarter, he posterized former teammate and Rockets backup center Omer Asik.
“My eyes just open up when I see a guy, he’s testing me, and I’m not going to shy away from that,” Gibson told CSNChicago.com. “I don’t know why ‘O’ — ‘O’ knows that. But I just saw him coming,” Gibson humorously recounted. “But things like that are going to happen. I respect him for even jumping because a lot of big men late in the game wouldn’t do that. That just shows that he’s really in for his team, and I would have done the same thing if I was him.
“He’s dunked on me a bunch of times (in Bulls’ scrimmages). I caught him a bunch of times. But it just feels good to catch him in a real game,” Gibson said. “I just ran down the court, but Joakim (Noah) and Carlos (Boozer) were telling him, ‘Hold that.’ So he already knew what that meant.”