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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September 21, 2017 | 5:25 am EDT Update
After missing the Knicks’ voluntary workouts, Porzingis, seemingly in no hurry to return, will be at Monday’s start of training camp for Media Day. He may or may not explain his shocking and unpopular decision to blow off an exit meeting with Jackson, Mills and Hornacek. According to an NBA source, Knicks brass was happy with his performance in Europe and fine with the timing of his New York return. (Hernangomez, whose Spanish squad won bronze, and Kuzminskas haven’t arrived to Tarrytown either; Euro training camps began in late July for the trio.)
Coach Nate McMillan said he has a starting lineup in mind heading into training camp, but wouldn’t reveal it. He did acknowledge, however, that Lance Stephenson likely will start the season as the sixth man. Stephenson likely will play starter minutes, but his versatility and energy makes him a logical candidate for playing off the bench. “I hope he can establish (that role),” McMillan said. “A sixth man is like a starter, and he can be a guy who can do a lot of things with that second group with his ability to handle the ball, score the ball. He’s an unselfish player.”
But after the trials of last season, Jackson is confident that after an off-season geared toward doing a better job of managing the chronic case of tendinitis, he is back to normal. “One hundred percent would always be great to feel, but this year I just want to be better than I was the day before,” Jackson said Wednesday at the practice facility in Auburn Hills.
The days of coaches looking at a player’s offseason workout regimen, skeptical of the work load and maybe the credentials of whatever personal guru was administering it, appear to be over. Just as teams’ medical staffs have grown accustomed to injured players seeking out second opinions from orthopedists of their choosing, so have they gotten used to cooperating with, and sometimes embracing, their guys’ trainers into a comprehensive, full-calendar fitness program. Now some of the trainers who work with NBA stars far away from the lights and the cameras may be stars. Rob McClanaghan, Tim Grover, Idan Ravin, Chris Johnson and several others have or have had devoted followings among the league’s biggest names. A facility in Santa Barbara, Calif., called Peak Performance Project – “P3” for short – is a Mecca for players seeking the latest and greatest in bio-mechanics and training techniques.
Scott Brooks, Wizards: “Being a former player, I kind of know all the tricks. One of the tricks is: ‘I lifted a lot of weight this summer and bulked up.’ That’s a trick. You didn’t ‘bulk up,’ you just gained weight. And your body fat percentage is higher. When a player starts the conversation with that, you know he’s not in shape. But we touch are players all summer, we text them – that’s the only way you can communicate with some, who never check their voice messages – but you know once guys come in. The guys we’ve had come in the last couple weeks, I see no problem with their conditioning. … People who always say ‘The old school was better,’ taking all of October to get into shape, that’s one place the old school wasn’t better. … Guys are in shape. It’s big business.”