Utah Jazz Center Rudy Gobert has been one of the best defensive players in recent NBA history. He has been the backbone of the Jazz team that had the best record last season with a record of 52-20. But this season, Gobert was injured because of a strained left calf. Consequently, he will miss their next game against the New York Knicks.
In a report by ESPN staff writer Tim MacMahon, Gobert was set to return on Monday, 7 February against the New York Knicks. But according to the full injury report for the Jazz against the Knicks, Rudy Gobert and Joe Ingles are ruled out.
OUT – Rudy Gobert (Left Calf Strain)
OUT – Joe Ingles (Left Knee Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear)
QUESTIONABLE – Jordan Clarkson (Right Knee Soreness)
QUESTIONABLE – Rudy Gay (Right Knee Soreness)
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) February 7, 2022
Possible fourth DPOY?
Utah is the fourth seed as they missed their stars like Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell at the same time. Rudy was averaging 16.0 points, 15.1 rebounds, 2.3 blocks before being sidelined. Accordingly, the Frenchman made his third All-star game and was on track to win his fourth Defensive Player of the Year award.
— #NBAAllStar (@NBAAllStar) February 4, 2022
When did Rudy Gobert get injured?
Gorbet suffered this calf injury against the Golden State Warriors on 23 January 2022. He was sidelined from the game with two and a half minutes remaining. As reported by Salt Lake Tribune correspondent Eric Walden, Rudy felt a slow tear right away. He said, “We’re gonna be cautious. I felt something right away … not a tear, but … like a slow tear. I tried to play through it, but I knew I wasn’t moving right.”
Rudy Gobert: “We’re gonna be cautious. I felt something right away … not a tear, but … like a slow tear. I tried to play through it, but I knew I wasn’t moving right.”
— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) January 24, 2022
At the time of Gobert’s injury, the Jazz had a record of 30-17 as they were one game behind the third-place Memphis and three games ahead of the fifth-seeded Mavericks. Now Utah is fourth in the west with a record of 32 wins and 21 losses. The Utah Jazz has a record of 3-8 without Rudy Gobert this season.