Report: Rudy Gobert (Wade) Misses Game Against Suns

Rudy Gobert is averaging 16.1 points per game this season.

Monday’s showdown between the Utah Jazz and the Phoenix Suns (9 pm ET, NBA TV) will obviously be missing a key figure in the paint.

Jazz center Tim MacMahon and reigning Kia Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert will not play Phoenix because of a calf strain, according to ESPN. The Jazz already had their top scorer, Donovan Mitchell, who is working through the NBA’s concussion protocol.

Gobert left Sunday’s game against the Golden State Warriors with a calf injury with 2 1/2 minutes left in the game. That limited the Jazz’s options in the end, and Golden State got away with it a 94-92 win once Bojan Bogdanovic’s Step-Back 3 ran out after the time had expired.

Gobert, who recently left the league’s health and safety protocols, was questionable for left ankle pain on the way to the game. He later described the injury as feeling “like a slow crackThe three-time Kia Defensive Player of the Year averages 16.1 points, 15.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 41 games.

The Jazz are 30-17 but have lost seven of their last nine games, including two of their last three away. The Suns (36-9) have the best record in the NBA and are seven games ahead of Utah for first place in the Western Conference.

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