Rudy Gobert sprains knee in Jazz win

Posted April 20, 2017

The Los Angeles Clippers played the Utah Jazz in a first round playoff game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Gobert was setting a screen when Mbah a Moute ran around him in pursuit of Gordon Hayward.

Gobert banged knees with Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute. Believe it or not, Jazz coach Quin Snyder has not officially ruled Gobert out for that game.

Fortunately, after an MRI on Sunday, it was revealed that there was no ligament damage in Gobert's knee. Even with Gobert off the floor, the Jazz have shown more energy than the Clippers. Teams typically respond poorly to traumatic injuries, especially injuries that transpire on the first play of a playoff game. In addition to Favors stepping up, Gordon Hayward crashed the boards hard and grabbed 10 rebounds.

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Ingles started the game and played 32 minutes, including a key role in the final play that opened up veteran forward Joe Johnson who cut to the basket and floated a jump shot that bounced on the rim and then fell through the net for the game victor as time expired. This current group has never made it past round two of the playoffs and seem unlikely to this year seeing as they will have to go through the Warriors, who they have been utterly inept against for three years.

Despite the dramatic 97-95 Jazz victory, one question still looms.

Next up for the Jazz will be determining the severity of Gobert's injury.

The Jazz were dealt a blow before either team had settled into the game.

He's made an NBA-best eight game-winning buzzer-beaters in the past 10 years. With Utah's leader in minutes played, blocks, and rebounds out, one would think the Clippers big men would have owned it under the basket. The Jazz ended up posting a net rating of plus-8.1 with Gobert on the floor compared to minus-2.9 with the Frenchman on the bench. While the Jazz almost had nearly the inverse rankings, posting league's 3rd best defensive rating and its 12th best offensive rating. Sure, you can look at the box score and see 26 points. The conditions for his eighth on Saturday night (no other player has more than four) were favorable.

Plainly, this sucks. Gobert, one of the frontrunners for Defensive Player of the Year and the league's most effective rim protector, was expected to be a DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin neutralizer and to put more pressure on the Clippers' outside shooting. Relying on Withey (gulp) has to be a nerve-racking endeavor for Jazz fans. It's good for us to go just go in with all the confidence in the world that we've built up this regular season and understand that every round's going to be different, every round's going to be just a dogfight. Since the trade that brought Chris Paul to Los Angeles though, the Clippers have reversed their fortunes going 20-3 against the Jazz in that time. Losing Gobert is a massive loss, but the way the Jazz have dealt with injuries all season, it's not a death sentence by any means.

Kyrie Irving added 23 points and Kevin Love had 17 for Cleveland, which has won 12 straight playoff games at home.