Already infected with Covid-19 in March 2020 at the very start of the pandemic, Rudy Gobert tested positive again on Thursday. The French pivot of Utah Jazz, placed in isolation, will miss the next three games of his team, all outside.
End of road trip for Rudy Gobert. Present in his team’s first two games of this away series, in New Orleans on Monday and Denver on Wednesday for a Jazz victory both times, the French pivot from Utah had to leave his teammates and return to his home located on the heights of Salt Lake City, to isolate himself there. Under the anti-Covid-19 protocol in force in the NBA, Gobert, tested positive, had to comply with the quarantine imposed. He will therefore miss the next three Jazz meetings, in Toronto, Indiana and Detroit (Utah will return to its public on January 13 when Cleveland comes). The Athletic tells us this Friday that the triple best defender in the North American league has first underwent two negative tests for Covid-19 on Wednesday, before submitting a few hours later to another, which turned out to be positive.
In March 2020, Gobert had been the NBA patient-zero
OUT – Joe Ingles (Health & Safety Protocols)
OUT – Rudy Gobert (Health & Safety Protocols)
OUT – Mike Conley (Right Knee Injury Recovery)
OUT – Bojan Bogdanovic (Left Middle Finger Sprain)
OUT – Donovan Mitchell (Left Low Back Strain)
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Like his teammate Joe Ingles, who also tested positive, “Gobzilla” therefore started quarantine at home on the spot. In March 2020, the Saint-Quentinois became the first player to test positive for coronavirus. Patient-zero, he then unwittingly led to the immediate interruption of this season which ended under the Orlando bubble, where the Lakers had been crowned. This new forced rest for the former player of Cholet, almost two years later, is certainly bad news for Utah before his next three trips, since the Frenchman, with 15.5 points, 15.1 rebounds and 2.3 average blocks per game, is currently making the best start to his career since joining the NBA in 2013 (he was drafted in 27th position by Denver and then traded with Utah).