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Rudy Gobert sets crazy Jazz record never been done in over a decade

Rudy Gobert, Jazz, Clippers

What can you do in 48 minutes of intense work? Probably not a lot if you’re not a robot. And if you’re not Rudy Gobert.

Gobert grabbed a new postseason career-high of 20 rebounds to help the Utah Jazz fend off the Los Angeles Clippers, 117-111 to take a 2-0 advantage in their second round series.

Not only did the newly minted Defensive Player of the Year eclipse his personal best, but he also became the first Jazz to grab 20 rebounds since Carlos Boozer (remember him?) in 2010. Gobert’s 19 defensive boards are also the most by any Jazz in the last 35 seasons.

The 28-year-old pivot from France indeed dominated the glass against the Clippers in Game 2. He manned the paint like his castle was under constant attack. He added 13 points, two steals, and three blocks, once again proving that he’s well-deserving of his third DPOY plum.

Gobert only took five shots, making four of them, which also shows how he can totally impact a game even he doesn’t score a bunch. You hear that, Draymond Green?

To put Gobert’s 20 rebounds in perspective, he snagged more boards than Kawhi Leonard, Ivica Zubac, Reggie Jackson, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Beverley, and Nicolas Batum combined.

Gobert, who was selected by the Jazz as the 27th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, has averaged 10.1 rebounds per game in back-to-back seasons. His length, athleticism, and motor all allow him to gobble up boards on a nightly basis.

While many have hailed Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley Jr., and Jordan Clarkson for their offensive outbursts, Rudy Gobert’s imposing presence has been as instrumental (no pun intended) for the Jazz.