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Jazz shootaround: Rudy Gobert on track to suit up against the Clippers

First Published      Last Updated Mar 13 2017 11:46 am

Rudy Gobert will be a game-time decision for the Jazz's important matchup with the Los Angeles Clippers tonight. But the Jazz center says his right leg feels "way better" and he seems to think it's more likely than not he'll be on the court.

"I felt good this morning," Gobert said after going through the team's shootaround. "So we'll see, but I should be fine."

Gobert missed Saturday's game, a Jazz loss to the Thunder, after experiencing some pain in his leg, an injury that flared up after getting kneed earlier in the week against the Houston Rockets.

"It was something a little bit worrying, so we didn't want to take a stupid risk," he said. "We wanted to take an MRI and be cautious."




Gobert had started all 65 of his team's games before sitting out Saturday in Oklahoma City with soreness in his leg.

"It was tough for sure," Gobert said of watching the game from the locker room. "A little weird. But it is what it is. I had to sit, so I was just thinking about the next game."

That next game is a big one for the Jazz.

Utah comes into tonight sitting in fourth place in the West, but with just a one-game lead over Los Angeles. A win would move the two teams' records even, while giving the Clippers a 3-0 lead on the season series and the tiebreaker with the Jazz.

Utah, meanwhile, would like a win just to get some confidence in the event they meet up with L.A. in the post season.

"You don't want to go 0-4, 0-2, however many times you play a team, before the playoffs," forward Joe Ingles said. "We haven't played well against these guys all year really. Tonight's a big one."

Injury update

While the Jazz should get Gobert back to help matchup against DeAndre Jordan, the Clippers' all-star center, they'll be without forward Derrick Favors.

After missing two games with soreness in his left knee, Favors had an MRI this week, which revealed a bone contusion. The Jazz say he'll be out at least until he is evaluated again until later in the week.

— Aaron Falk

 

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