Jazz center Rudy Gobert’s ejection vs. Rockets was the fastest in last 15 years
The French big man’s ejection in the first quarter was the fastest in the league in 15 years. It came with less than three minutes gone by in the ball game.
According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN, Rudy Gobert lasted only two minutes and 47 seconds in that matchup.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 7, 2018
That is way shorter than the time that Kevin Garnett and Jameer Nelson lasted in 2017 and 2015, respectively. Both men played only four minutes and seven seconds before being ejected.
Gobert got booted out of the game because he lost his cool and slapped a drinking cup at the scorer’s table. The incident stemmed from an offensive foul called on the Jazz center after he seemingly pushed James Harden as the latter asked for the ball.
It was Gobert’s second foul that day and also his last. He immediately went to the weight room and used his energy there instead.
However, the ejection did not have much effect on the Jazz’s performance. They managed to make up for his loss and steamrolled over the Houston Rockets, 118-91.
Derrick Favors led the way for the victorious team as he finished with a game-high of 24 points. He also led the team in the rebounding department with a total of 10.
Rudy Gobert has had an impressive season so far with the Jazz. He is averaging 15.5 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks through 25 games.
Last season, he was able to win the Defensive Player of the Year award after he displayed his superb shot-blocking presence.