REPORT: Rudy Gobert set to miss 4-6 weeks with knee injury
The Utah Jazz received some bad news about one of their best players on Sunday. Center Rudy Gobert went down with an apparent knee injury on Friday night against the Miami Heat as the result of a collision with Dion Waiters and now he’ll miss a considerable amount of time.
According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, Gobert could miss as much as six weeks with what has been diagnosed as a bone bruise.
Sources: Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks with a bone bruise in his right knee. Gobert suffered the injury Friday against Miami.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 12, 2017
Losing Gobert is a costly blow for the Jazz who have struggled early on in the season without Gordon Hayward leading the way for the franchise. The team has had to adjust and battling through the growing pains with Hayward moving on to the Boston Celtics and the arrival of point guard Ricky Rubio from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
At 6-7, the Jazz will attempt to stay afloat in the Western Conference without their anchor on the defensive end of the basketball floor. Before the injury, Gobert was putting up solid stats across the board once again averaging 13.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, and a league-leading 2.5 blocks per game.
With Gobert now on the shelf for at least month or more, the Jazz will likely turn to Derrick Favors to shoulder the load in the frontcourt moving forward. Favors is having a decent year thus far with 11.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game while shooting 53.3 percent from the floor.