Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson will play for Bulls vs. Magic


The Bulls get two big returns on Monday night as Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson suit up.

The Chicago Bulls will play center Joakim Noah and forward Taj Gibson in Monday's game against the Orlando Magic, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. The news was announced by coach Tom Thibodeau prior to the game.

For an ailing Bulls team that's trying to find its form going into the postseason, seeing both Noah and Gibson back on the court is a nice development. Noah hasn't played in eight days while dealing with plantar fasciitis, while Gibson has sat out since April 2 with knee issues.

In recent games, the Bulls have depended on the likes of Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler more frequently, playing smaller lineups to make up for a shallow frontcourt. Nazr Mohammed and Malcolm Thomas are the team's only other big men at the moment, which doesn't provide much confidence for a playoff team.

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