Jody Genessy: Rudy Gobert will play. Quin Snyder: “It’s a Game 7. He’ll play.”
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Spencer Checketts: Quin on Rudy: “He couldn’t finish the game the other night, but it’s Game 7. He’s going. He knows we need him.”
The injury kept Gobert out of the final minutes of the Game 6 setback, which evened this entertaining first-round series at three wins apiece. “It’s OK. It’s a sprained ankle, nothing broken,” Gobert said after soaking his foot in ice water late Friday night. “I tried to play through it, but it was a little too much. It should be better Sunday.”
Andy Larsen: Rudy Gobert is probable for tomorrow’s game, after his ankle sprain late last night.
Andy Larsen: Alec Burks being OUT is the only player on the Jazz’s injury report. Rudy Gobert isn’t listed.
Spencer Checketts: BREAKING: It’s official. Rudy Gobert WILL PLAY tonight, per @Utah Jazz PR.
Andy Larsen: Quin Snyder on if Gobert has a minutes restriction: “It’s just going to depend how he is. It’s going to depend on fatigue.”
Aaron Falk: Being told Rudy Gobert WILL PLAY tonight
Tim MacMahon: Jazz C Rudy Gobert (knee) is listed as doubtful for Game 4 against the Clippers
Andy Larsen: Rudy Gobert is out for game 3.
Andy Larsen: Rudy Gobert is shooting after today’s practice, with a small brace on his left knee.
At least for one game, the Utah Jazz are going to have to make due without Rudy Gobert. The Jazz center will miss Tuesday’s Game 2 against the Los Angeles Clippers with a hyperextended knee, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned. Gobert was originally hurt 11 seconds into Saturday’s Game 1, when he knocked knees with Clippers forward Luc Mbah A Moute while setting a screen, causing the hyperextension.
Rudy Gobert hopes he will be able to return during the Jazz’s series against the Clippers. “Trying to get better every day,” he said via text message.
Andy Larsen: Snyder on Gobert’s timeframe: “I don’t think we’re ready to say today, tomorrow, a week, two weeks. I think it’s literally that wide open.”
Andy Larsen: Both Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles have commented that Rudy Gobert’s been walking around the hotel, relatively upbeat in full sessions today.
Jody Genessy: Joe Johnson: “It’s great to see Rudy walking around. He looks normal. Hopefully we’ll get him back.”
Tim MacMahon: Sources: An MRI revealed no ligament damage to Rudy Gobert’s left knee. He was diagnosed with a hyperextension and bone bruise, putting his status for the rest of the series in question.
Marc J. Spears: Jazz center Rudy Gobert is getting an MRI right now, but a source tells The Undefeated his ACL and MCL are fine.
Andy Larsen: Rudy Gobert is questionable for tomorrow due to the leg soreness. As you’ve already heard, Derrick Favors is out.
Tim MacMahon: Rudy Gobert, who sat today due to right leg soreness, says he expects to play Monday against DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers.
Jazz C Rudy Gobert is a late scratch against the Thunder due to right leg soreness. Gobert took a James Harden knee to the shin during Wednesday’s win over the Rockets.
Aaron Falk: Rudy Gobert is available to play, but will not start, the Jazz say.
Throughout his rehabilitation, Gobert has remained an active participant to the extent that he can. He’s worked on his shooting. He’s traveled to every away game. He sits behind the bench and offers advice to his backup. Whenever Gobert does finally return, the Jazz expect a readjustment period as the center, who will likely have to play in a knee brace for most — if not the remainder — of the season, finds his rhythm and his fitness.
The following is a medical update on Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert: After sustaining a left knee injury during today’s practice at Zions Bank Basketball Center, Gobert underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) this afternoon at University of Utah Health Care’s Orthopaedic Center. Following the examination, Jazz physicians Dr. Travis Maak and Dr. David Petron determined that Gobert suffered a Grade II sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee.
No surgery is required and Gobert will be out indefinitely. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.
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Thomas admitted he’d listen to extension talks but won’t be upset if the Celtics ultimately use available dollars to better the team. “[An extension] means more money? Yeah, I would love that,” Thomas quipped. “But if it don’t happen, I’m the last person to be bothered by that. I know everything happens for a reason so, when my time comes, I know it will come and God will bless me.”
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