Jazz center Rudy Gobert out 4 weeks with leg injury
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 13, 2017 07:53 AM
FILE - OAKLAND, CA - MAY 4: Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz dunks the ball during the game against the Golden State Warriors during Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2017 NBA Playoffs on May 4, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Kareem Copeland, Associated Press
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert will be out for the next month with an injured right leg.
The 7’1” defensive player of the year candidate on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) had an MRI that revealed a bruised lower leg. Gobert was injured Friday (Saturday, PHL time) when Heat guard Dion Waiters crashed into his leg, causing Gobert’s knee to buckle. The Frenchman did not play Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) against the Nets, and the Jazz said he’ll be re-evaluated in four weeks.
Gobert initially called it a dirty play but took a softer stance afterward. Waiters was going after a loose ball, then dove awkwardly into Gobert’s leg.
The 2016-17 second team All-NBA center is averaging 13.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Derrick Favors started at center Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) and scored 24 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked two shots.