Rudy Gobert: Like I said, starting the season I’m confident that the team is going to win games even when I’m not here and I’ll be back stronger. It’s like an all-star break before the all-star break. So everything is good, I’m confident and nothing’s changed. No team goals. No individual goals. Everything’s good.
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Adrian Wojnarowski: You were upset with Miami’s Dion Waiters initially [after the injury]. Was that emotion in the beginning or do you still go back and go, “I don’t like the way that happened”? Rudy Gobert: I don’t like the way that happened. That’s true. [But] I can’t be mad at someone forever. I think now it’s time — after a few days, I’m just focused on getting back and focused on my team.
Waiters was going after a loose ball, then dove awkwardly into Gobert’s leg. He later tweeted, “Dove for the ball right…” with video of the play. Waiters told the Sun-Sentinel on Sunday that he’s never been a dirty player and, “Tell him to get out of his feelings and that’s what it is, just like that.” “It’s not my feelings, it’s my knee,” Gobert said Monday. “That’s a little more important. “I like to play basketball. Sometimes if someone takes that away from you, you’ve got to get in your feelings for a reason.”
Kyle Goon: Quin Snyder calls Dion Waiters a “good player” and “clean player,” says he’s over parsing over his collision with Rudy Gobert.
Eric Woodyard: In Gobert’s absence, Derrick Favors is excited about his expanded opportunity. Coach Snyder also has faith that Favors can hold down the fort for the short-term.
Eric Woodyard: Jazz center Rudy Gobert originally passed Friday’s injury protocol then showed different symptoms Saturday. He will be re-evaluated in 4 weeks for a right tibia contusion.
Dave Noriega: NOOOOOOOOO!!!! Rudy Gobert taken off the court as Dion Waiters runs into Rudy Gobert’s knee. Rudy Gobert: Dove for the ball right...
The Rudy Gobert injury could see the center lose $500K in bonus money. Gobert has two sets of statistical (defensive rating and rebounds) bonuses worth $250K each where the center must appear in 67 games. Gobert is set to miss 4-6 weeks with a right knee injury. Gobert also has a combined $1.5M in incentives that are tied into All-Defense First Team and earning a spot on the All-Star Team. Both bonuses do not apply to games played.
Two days after being accused of making a dirty play, Miami Heat guard Dion Waiters defended himself. Before Sunday’s game against the Detroit Pistons, Waiters said there was nothing intentional about a collision with Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert Friday night. The players crashed into each other when Waiters tried to dive for a loose ball in the third quarter. “I’ve never been a dirty player in my life,” Waiters said. “I went for the ball. Tell him to get out of his feelings and that’s what it is, just like that.”
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert sat out Saturday night’s 114-106 win over the Brooklyn Nets with a right knee contusion. Gobert, who had been listed as questionable, injured the knee in Friday’s loss to Miami after colliding with Heat guard Dion Waiters going for a loose ball in the third quarter. Gobert limped off the court following the collision and called it a “dirty play” afterward, according to the Deseret News. “It feels better than it looked on the video,” Gobert said after the game. “I think it was a dirty play, but no matter what, the most important thing is to keep getting better and to win tomorrow.”
Kyle Goon: Quin Snyder said he doesn’t think Dion Waiters was trying to injure Rudy Gobert last night, just trying to compete.
Rudy Gobert: Hate to see @Gordon Hayward go down like that. I know he will be back stronger and wish him the best recovery possible.
Jody Genessy: Rudy Gobert will play. Quin Snyder: “It’s a Game 7. He’ll play.”
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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Coach Luke Walton said a teammate spoke to Lonzo Ball about the rookie point guard walking away from a scuffle toward the end of the Los Angeles Lakers-Phoenix Suns game on Friday night. “Someone on our team talked with him,” Walton said after the Lakers’ practice Saturday, without disclosing who it was. “It’s all part of the learning process.”
Kyle Kuzma is at once the most likely to clown Lonzo Ball whenever he can and the first to stick up for his fellow Los Angeles Lakers rookie. The No. 27 pick in the 2017 NBA draft out of Utah recently explained his stance on behalf of this year’s No. 2 pick to Lakers Nation’s Harrison Faigen.