Jazz star pivot Rudy Gobert is ready to return to competition. The 2.16m Frenchman, the NBA’s top rebounder, came out of the covid protocol after missing the Jazz’s last five games.
The NBA’s best rebounder is back. Rudy Gobert (29), absent in the last five Jazz games for having submitted to the covid protocol, has now come out of it as announced by ESPN these last hours. Good news for Utah, third in the Western Conference, which started a very bad series in the absence of its French pivot with 15.1 rebounds, 15.5 points and 2.3 blocks on average per game.. Since January 4 and the last meeting of the tricolor international against New Orleans, which had seen the 2.16m man take 17 rebounds, the Salt Lake City franchise beat Denver (115-109) before losing four times in front of Toronto (122-108), Indiana (125-113) and Detroit (126-116) on the move, then on its floor against Cleveland (111-91) two nights ago.
Utah sank without Gobert
Gobert, who returned to training on Friday just like veteran Rudy Gay (35) also out of protocol, told the press that he was aiming for a return to competition overnight from Sunday to Monday against Denver. Quin Snyder should appreciate this news to say the least, having acknowledged the impact of the Frenchman’s absence on his team’s defensive performance. “Well, there’s a guy named Rudy Gobert who wasn’t there. I don’t think there’s any mystery that if Defensive Player of the Year isn’t on the pitch, you won’t be as good defensively. “, he swung after the defeat of his players in Detroit. This is the second time that the native of Saint-Quentin has declared a positive test for covid-19. In March 2020, as fear of the coronavirus swelled across the globe, the pivot was the first NBA player to test positive. This then led the League to suspend the season for four and a half months.