After a pretty rough stretch of basketball for the Utah Jazz in recent weeks and a deflating injury to their star center, things have turned around as the Jazz are back over .500 at 12-11 and are winners of five straight games.
There is even more good news on the way for Jazz fans though, probably the best news of all, Rudy Gobert is recovering rapidly from the bone bruise in his knee and could return to the lineup as soon as tonight against Washington.
He ran through a “light practice” on Sunday and has been upgraded from out to questionable, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Here is a quote from Jazz Head Coach Quinn Synder on the situation:
“We’re going to confer and trust those guys to never do anything to put Rudy in harm’s way,” he said. “When he’s ready to go, he’ll be ready to go.”
Gobert has missed 11 games to this point and the Jazz have pretty incredibly gone 7-4 with him on the sideline (albeit with a lighter portion of their schedule) and actually have the NBA’s best net rating over the past few weeks.
With injuries ravaging teams throughout the western conference and traditional playoff teams like the Grizzlies, Clippers and Thunder struggling mightily, the Jazz may be in line to return to the postseason despite losing their star wing player Gordon Hayward in the off-season.
It appears the Stifle Tower will be back protecting the rim and cleaning the glass for the Jazz very soon.