Injured Jazz center Gobert ruled out for Friday game against Clippers
Los Angeles (AFP) – The Utah Jazz will again be without star center Rudy Gobert on Friday when they host the Los Angeles Clippers in game three of their NBA first-round playoff series.
The French big man, dubbed the “Stifle Tower” for his defensive prowess, hyperextended his left knee early in Utah’s game one victory over the Clippers.
Without him for game two, the Jazz gave up 60 points in the paint in falling 99-91 in Los Angeles.
The team confirmed in their injury report that Gobert was out for Friday’s game.
Jazz coach Quin Snyder said Thursday that Gobert was “getting better every day.” But he said the team wouldn’t try to rush him back.
“We’ve been conservative all year in the sense that we’re never going to encourage any player… to do something to put himself in a situation by playing that could compromise his long-term health,” Snyder told the Deseret News.
Gobert was hurt when he banged knees with Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute. Power forward Derrick Favors will again move to center with Gobert on the sidelines.
But Snyder admitted the team had no way to “replicate” Gobert, the first player in club history to have 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocked shots in a single season.