Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell react to Jazz not getting a Christmas game
The NBA’s slate of Christmas Day games was unexpectedly leaked on Friday, giving fans an early look at the highly anticipated matchups. Included on the list of participants were some of the biggest teams in the league: Both Los Angeles teams, the Warriors, the Rockets, the Nuggets, the Bucks, and Nuggets will all be playing on December 25th. One notable absence on the slate was the Utah Jazz, but center Rudy Gobert was able to put a positive spin on it:
Rather play in June…😈
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) August 2, 2019
Guard Donovan Mitchell had a slightly different reaction.
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) August 2, 2019
Last year, the Jazz played in both the Christmas Day game and in June. Last Christmas, they were given a matchup against Damian Lillard and the Portland Trailblazers. Utah blew the Blazers out of the water, beating them 117-96.
While the Jazz won’t get a chance to repeat last years Xmas feat, they are looking forward to a chance to improve off last years playoff run.
After getting knocked out in the first round by the Houston Rockets, the Jazz shook up their roster in the offseason. The team added point guard Mike Conley and forward Bojan Bogdanovic, as well as Ed Davis and Jeff Green.
Utah looks retooled and ready to make a serious run at the title. They might not be playing on Christmas Day, but it’s a good bet they’ll be playing basketball for at least a few weeks in the postseason.