Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert won't rule out the chance of a potential rematch against the Golden State Warriors come playoff time, as the surging team is currently in eighth place and could draw a matchup with the defending champions if they manage seventh place by the end of the season.
“We know it could be a rematch, but we just focus on the moment,” said Gobert, according to Kyle Goon of The Salt Lake Tribune. “Eight more games. Let's try to win eight more games and see where we end up.”
The Jazz have climbed from being way outside the playoff picture to claw themselves into a dogfight with the Minnesota Timberwolves for a chance to be in the postseason again.
At 42-32, both teams are tied and will draw a matchup either against the Houston Rockets or the Warriors come playoff time.
The Jazz and Warriors have traded blowouts during their first two matchups, with Golden State winning by 25 points on Dec. 27 sans Stephen Curry, and the Jazz beating the Warriors by 30 with both squads in full force.
Utah grabbed a 2-1 series lead with a 110-91 win against an All-Star-less team but will have yet another crack at the defending champions on Apr. 10 during their penultimate matchup of the regular season — one that could prove ultimately pivotal to their playoff placement when it's all said and done.
The Warriors are expected to have their other three All-Stars back in the rotation by then unless the coaching staff decides to rest them prior to a first-round matchup.