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Gobert absent until the All Star Game?

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While their pivot Rudy Gobert suffers from a calf injury, the leaders of Utah Jazz do not want to take any risks and he could only return just before the All Star Break (February 18).

Injured in the calf three days ago during the defeat of Utah on the floor of Golden State, Rudy Gobert did not participate in the next two games of the Salt Lake City franchise, which ended in two losses against the leader of the Western Conference, Phoenix. While at first, the French pivot was only to be absent for one of these meetings against the Suns, he could finally be away from the courts for several weeks because the franchise (already deprived of the other superstar Donovan Mitchell, victim concussion) doesn’t want to take any risks with him. ” We’re going to be pretty careful with his calf strain, Jazz general manager Justin Zanik said Wednesday. I think there’s a good chance he’ll be back before the All Star Break (which begins on February 18, editor’s note). I don’t see this injury as a three-week absence. We will have to see daily how he feels and put time between the injury and his return. I don’t mean he’ll be back in seven or ten days – although he might. But it could also take a few weeks. »

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His first injury since 2017-18

Since the start of the season, Rudy Gobert (16pts, 15.1rbds average) has missed five games after contracting the coronavirus, and therefore two following his calf injury, and Utah has won only one game in his absence. Last season, the triple best defender of the year missed only one game, four in 2019-20, and one in 2018-19, his last major injury dating back to the 2017-18 season (26 games missed after knee injury). By the All Star Break, Utah, fourth in the Western Conference (30v-19d) must face Memphis, Minnesota, Denver, Brooklyn, New York, Golden State, Orlando, Houston and the Los Angeles Lakers, before a break of nine days. It remains to be seen if Rudy Gobert will be selected for the All Star Game, scheduled for February 20 in Cleveland, and if he can go there if necessary.

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