Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is expected to miss 4-6 weeks due to a bone bruise in his right knee, according to a Sunday report from Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports’ The Vertical.
Gobert suffered the injury on Friday night in the Jazz’ 84-74 loss to the Miami Heat after being tangled up with Dion Waiters. The big man’s injury kept him out of Utah’s Saturday night game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Gobert was second on the team with 35 minutes on Friday, notching a double-double to the tune of 12 points and as many rebounds in a game in which the Jazz struggled, failing to hit the 20-point mark in both the third and fourth quarters in the 10-point loss.
Over the course of 33.8 minutes per night, the 7-1 Gobert is averaging 13.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game this season. He’s generated five double-doubles, the headliner being a 16-point, 15-rebound effort on Nov. 7 against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 25-year-old’s been great defensively over his career, being named to the All-Defensive First Team and leading the association in blocks a season ago. In the paint, he averaged a double-double, too, pouring in 14.0 points and bringing down 12.8 rebounds over the course of 81 games, all of which were starts.
Gobert was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the No. 27 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, only to be traded to the Jazz that night.
After riding a four-game losing streak, the Jazz broke the skid on Saturday with a 114-106 win over Brooklyn. Utah is back in action Monday to host Minnesota.