Great news for a Jazz team in desperate need of some. Their star center and the best rim protector in the league, the Stifle Tower himself, Rudy Gobert is likely to return for the Jazz this weekend.
Rudy Gobert is PROBABLE for tomorrow's game against the Knicks. Jonas Jerebko (back spasms) is QUESTIONABLE.
— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) January 19, 2018
He could suit up for the Jazz home game against the Knicks on Friday night or their home game against the Clippers on Saturday.
Gobert has only appeared in 18 of the Jazz’s first 44 games thus far this season with multiple bone bruises in his knee. He last played on December 15, when he was accidentally rolled into by teammate Derrick Favors which caused the most recent bone bruise.
Gobert’s season has been pretty disappointing with his rash of injuries after coming off a breakout season in 2016-17 in which he led the league in blocks with 2.6, averaged a career-high 14.0 points and 12.8 rebounds and made his first All-NBA appearance.
The Jazz are currently sitting at 18-26 and in 10th place in the western conference, five games out of the No. 8 seed. There is still plenty of season left for them to make a playoff push with a healthy Gobert, especially if the Clippers decide to blow it up and trade DeAndre Jordan and/or Lou Williams before the trade deadline.