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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.

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.”

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.”
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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.”

Rudy Gobert goes down

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.
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