Jazz big man Rudy Gobert called out by Patrick Beverley for ducking Karl-Anthony Towns on defense
The Utah Jazz may have thoroughly decimated the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night, but that isn’t stopping Patrick Beverley from taking jabs at the team. The bulldog point guard dissed Rudy Gobert and Quin Snyder on their game-plan regarding Karl-Anthony Towns, leaving subtle burns along the way.
In the Timberwolves’ post-game presser, Patrick Beverley wondered aloud why Rudy Gobert, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, isn’t guarding Towns. The point guard would subtly diss the Jazz’ game plan of sticking Gobert on a lesser offensive player, in a hot take sure to enrage the Utah fanbase. (via Jon Krawczynski)
“… If I’m the Defensive Player of the Year, I’m always guarding their best player no matter what… You got Rudy Gobert out there guarding [Jarred] Vanderbilt and talking about he’s the Defensive Player of the Year. Whatever.”
Patrick Beverley with an interesting interpretation of Utah’s game plan to guard KAT with a power forward (something the Wolves see so often now that they call it the Utah defense) pic.twitter.com/CYp7NqoHUG
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) December 9, 2021
Poor Jarred Vanderbilt, catching strays for absolutely no reason at all.
It’s indeed puzzling to viewers why Gobert wasn’t put on Towns during the Jazz-Timberwolves game. From the Jazz’ perspective, though, this move isn’t designed to avoid Towns, but rather to maximize Gobert’s defensive potential. The Frenchman shines when he’s protecting the rim, not as a lockdown big man defender. By sticking Gobert to a sub-par offensive threat, he’s more able to help off his man and contest shots in the paint.
Clearly, though, Beverley has something against Gobert, as he also got T’d up in the game for talking smack against the French center. Rudy Gobert and the Jazz won’t mind these comments from Bev, though: they did come out with the win in the end. It might not seem like the best option, but what Snyder and Gobert are doing is clearly working. Why change things up?