Rudy Gobert (knee) double-doubles in return
Gobert made a surprisingly quick return from a hyperextension and bone bruise in his left knee, running and jumping without any apparent limitations. Quin Snyder said before the game that Gobert's minutes would be dictated by fatigue, but he was almost certainly on a 24-minute limit since he sat out down the stretch of a tight playoff game. Hopefully his minutes will increase during a crucial game in L.A. on Tuesday.
Rudy Gobert (knee) will play tonight
The Jazz have confirmed Rudy Gobert will play tonight. They haven't announced their starting lineup yet, but he'll likely start and play limited minutes. Derrick Favors will likely move to the bench and lose some of his playing time, lowering his fantasy value.
Rudy Gobert (knee) will play in Game 4 Sunday
Gobert will be back in action for the first time since the opening minute of Game 1. Derrick Favors' minutes could dip with Gobert back in action, with either he or Boris Diaw likely shifting to a reserve role -- it was Favors coming off the bench in Game 1.
Rudy Gobert (knee) upgraded to questionable Sunday
It looks like Gobert is going to try to play in Game 4 of Utah's series with Los Angeles. He went down 17 seconds into Game 1 with a hyperextended knee and hasn't played since he suffered the injury. If Gobert ends up playing, he would likely replace Derrick Favors in the starting lineup. Favors (knee) has struggled with fatigue since joining the starting five as he was just getting healthy when the postseason started. As a result, his per-minute production has been low in this series (0.60 FD ppm; 0.62 DK ppm). It would appear if he loses more time, he would have trouble beating his current salary. Gobert may suit up and start, but he'll likely be limited if he does, which would make his salary prohibitive.
Rudy Gobert (knee) upgraded to questionable
He was originally listed as doubtful, but now it sounds like he will be a game-time call. For what it's worth, he did not go through shootaround. With Blake Griffin (toe) out for the playoffs and Gobert on the verge of a return, the Jazz have to feel pretty good about their chances. Gobert will likely have restrictions if he's cleared to play, making him a risky play in DFS. His return would limit the fantasy appeal of Derrick Favors.
Update: Rudy Gobert still doubtful to play
The questionable update from earlier today did seem a little odd and another report called him unlikely to play, so Gobert likely needs at least another game off. The Jazz haven't provided many encouraging notes on Gobert outside of a report he is walking without a limp. For now, expect Derrick Favors to log most of the minutes at center. Joe Johnson, Joe Ingles and Rodney Hood also should benefit, especially with no Blake Griffin (toe).
Rudy Gobert (knee) unlikely for Game 4
Sadly, this isn't a surprise for the Jazz and they'll continue to have to play Derrick Favors more minutes than they probably want to. Favors has looked gassed in the fourth quarter, playing 34.7 minutes per game in his last three. Jeff Withey has also been in the rotation and the Jazz do use Boris Diaw at the five. Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles are also getting some added opportunity, and now the Jazz could go smaller a lot more now that Blake Griffin (toe) is out.
Rudy Gobert OUT for Jazz on Friday
Gobert will miss his second straight game for the Jazz on Friday as the team has ruled him out with a knee injury he suffered this past weekend. He's considered day-to-day moving forward. Derrick Favors will be the likely starter in his absence and is a viable DFS option along with Joe Johnson who sees an increased role and usage with Gobert out.
Rudy Gobert (left knee) out for Game 3
The Jazz were lucky to get a 1-1 split in L.A. for the first two games, and a lot of it has to do with Derrick Favors being able to log 32.5 minutes per game. Besides Favors at the five, it's been Jeff Withey and even Boris Diaw picking up some extra minutes. Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles have also stepped up as the Jazz go with more small-ball fours. Gobert should be considered doubtful for Game 4 on Sunday.<br/><br/><b><a href=http://www.rotogrinders.com target=_blank>RotoGrinders.com</a> Daily Slant:</b> One of the most notable changes in Utahs dynamic following Goberts injury has been Joe Johnsons spike in usage; its climbed 7.8% to 27.4% according to our CourtIQ tool. Hes averaged 30.1 minutes per game hes taken at least 14 shots in both contests, well above his average of 8.0 FGAs. With Gobert still sidelined, hell be a solid value option on the short slate.
Rudy Gobert (knee) walking without a limp
To be clear, Gobert will still miss Tuesday's Game 2 against the Clippers, and head coach Quin Snyder said he was hopeful to have him back "in a week or two," so Friday's Game 3 also seems a bit unlikely. Walking without a limp obviously isn't close to the sort of movement required to play in an NBA game, but at least he appears to be progressing in the right direction. Derrick Favors will start in Game 2, with Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Jeff Withey seeing an uptick in minutes.