According to a Thursday afternoon report from Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, the Utah Jazz will once again be shorthanded for their looming matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. With Game 3 of the Western Conference series slated to take place on Friday evening in Utah, the Jazz will be without starting center Rudy Gobert for the second consecutive game.
However, it is more like the Jazz have been without the up-and-coming big man for all three outings against the Clippers as Gobert injured himself in the opening minutes of Game 1 back on April 15.
The 24-year-old center previously suffered both a hyperextended and bruised knee. As a result, he did not return to Game 1 and was ultimately forced to miss Game 2 – and now Game 3 – as well.
Prior to encountering the setback in the opening minutes of the postseason, Gobert appeared in 81 of the Jazz’s 82 regular season games in 2016-2017. Over the course of 33.9 minutes per contest, he averaged 14 points, 12.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks during the regular season.
It is also worth noting that he was originally selected by the Denver Nuggets in the first-round of the 2013 NBA Draft out of France while spending his entire NBA career in Utah.
After earning a 97-95 victory in Game 1, the Jazz then came up short in Game 2 as the Clippers held on for a 99-91 victory of their own. With the series now even at one game apiece, the No. 4 seeded Clippers will battle the No. 5 seeded Jazz in Utah for both Games 3 and 4.