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“I know he’s dying to play,” said Jazz forward Jonas Jerebko, while gazing at Gobert in drills. “I don’t know when it’s going to happen. He’s looking good, he’s looking healthy, he’s got a jump in his step and a good attitude, so I can’t wait to have him back on the court.”
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert will remain out for the next 7 to 10 days after an evaluation of his sprained knee Saturday morning, league sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune. Gobert sprained the knee when teammate Derrick Favors fell into his leg during a win over the Boston Celtics last month. He’s been out for the past four weeks. Gobert will continue light practice, according to sources. He began non-contact practice in the last few days.
Kyle Goon: The Jazz say that both Raul Neto and Rudy Gobert have begun participating in non contact portions of practice, but are still considered OUT for tomorrow’s game.
Rudy Gobert was reevaluated on Saturday by Utah Jazz medical staff and is showing progress to make a return. He will be reevaluated in two weeks. Further updates will be provided when appropriate.
The swaggy dress shirts and customized off-court gear could be taking a backseat soon as the Utah Jazz’s marquee center is nearing a return. Rudy Gobert participated in a light workout at Oracle Arena Wednesday ahead of the Jazz’s first game this season against the defending champion Golden State Warriors. After missing the past seven games with a left PCL sprain and bone bruise, the All-NBA center will be re-evaluated this weekend. Some suggested that he would need at least a month to heal, but the big man continues to work diligently and seems to be coming along fine.
Eric Woodyard: Jazz center Rudy Gobert is out again tonight but is scheduled to be re-evaluated this week. Raul Neto is out with a concussion.
Eric Woodyard: Injured center Rudy Gobert gets in free throws with the Jazz during shootaround. pic.twitter.com/Ixddvm0RZz
Michael Gallagher: On ESPN, Woj says maybe 2-4 weeks on Rudy Gobert for a possible MCL sprain, but the Jazz are hopeful he won’t be out as long as he was for his last injury.
An initial evaluation of the injured left knee of Utah Jazz All-Star center Rudy Gobert revealed a Grade 1 MCL strain, league sources told ESPN. X-rays on Gobert’s knee were negative but he will undergo an MRI to confirm the initial diagnosis, sources said. The timetable on a possible return will be clearer after the MRI.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert still needs to undergo an MRI on injured left knee, but early evaluation suggests a Grade 1 MCL sprain, league source tells ESPN.
Eric Woodyard: Rudy Gobert’s injury isn’t “too serious,” according to a source. Apparently it looked worse than it actually is.
Andy Larsen: Rudy Gobert is down, seems like he’s holding his knee, and won’t get up. Timeout Utah.
Tony Jones: Gobert’s being helped off the the floor…Now, he’s walking under his own power with a heavy limp. He’s going straight to the lockerroom
Erik Horne: Quin Snyder said Jazz will monitor Rudy Gobert tonight on second night of back to back but not specific about a restriction on minutes.
Eric Woodyard: Jazz center Rudy Gobert will start tonight but will be on minutes restrictions. Derrick Favors will start too.
Gobert, who will not return to the court until mid-December at the earliest, will lose a combined $500K (two sets of $250K bonuses) based on a minimum of 67 games played. The games played are tied into a per-game rebounds average greater than 3.2 (minutes divided by rebounds) and having a defensive rating less than 100. Before the injury, Gobert had a defensive rating of 101.5 and had met the rebound criteria.
Eric Woodyard: Good sign for the Utah Jazz. Injured center Rudy Gobert is back participating in on-court individual drills at practice.
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.
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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Jovan Buha: Doc Rivers with the low-key shade at Chris Paul pregame: “I think there will be a lot of fans that look at Chris and say, ‘You left us.’ And they’ll be right. But, in my opinion, there should always be the fans that say, ‘Thank you for your years of service.’”
Jonathan Feigen: No restrictions on Rockets F Luc Mbah a Moute in his return tonight, other than how he battles the rust after a month out.
Lonzo Ball’s swollen left knee kept him out of Monday’s game at Memphis and the Los Angeles Lakers rookie says he will not be able to test it until the swelling goes down. The point guard said he can’t run on his minor knee sprain but hopes to return soon.
Malone framed MLK Day more as a pressing, ongoing argument than a remembrance. “Especially in the current climate, it’s that much more important,” Malone said as the Nuggets wound down a shootaround at their Pepsi Center practice court. “When you have a president making some of the comments that he has made, it’s so important to remember and honor the legacy of Dr. King and what his message was. Simple, but powerful. Fight for equality, fight for the respect of everybody. White, black, male, female. Doesn’t matter.”
“In today’s day and age, with everything we’re going through in communities across the country, (King’s) message is probably more prevalent and profound today and just as strong as it was back in the 1960s when the civil rights movement was in its heyday,” Malone said.
“It’s not a tyrant running the NBA,” Malone said. “We respect our players, and we want them to have a voice. We want them to use their voice, hopefully, in a respectful manner. … Our commissioner (Adam Silver) wants the players, the coaches — everybody who works under the NBA umbrella — to feel together and unified and to embrace everything out there.”