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Gibson-Sixers.jpgWithout Derrick Rose or Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson has become the emotional leader of the top-seeded Chicago Bulls.  USC's all-time leading shot blocker swatted away four Sixers last night in another all-around gritty effort.

The lede in the Chicago Tribune says it all, "Taj Gibson had a quiet night, other than being a one-man SWAT team, scuffling with Elton Brand and limping onto the court a la Willis Reed."

Gibson has four blocks in each of the last two games despite ankle and knee injuries. 

"I was going back in regardless of the pain," Gibson said. "I was only worried about riding till the wheels came off."

The playoffs have been good to Trojan alums in 2012. 

Nick Young has found new life with the Clippers and keyed LA's remarkable fourth quarter game one comeback with three threes in a 1:10 stretch.  Nikola Vucevic (Sixers), Brian Scalabrine (Bulls) and O.J. Mayo (Grizzlies) are all stile alive in the NBA postseason tournament.

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