Rudy Gobert Swats Shot During Clippers/Jazz Game
Mar 18, 2022, 7:59 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY – Jazz center Rudy Gobert rejected a shot by Robert Covington during Utah’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Jazz hosted the Clippers at Vivint Arena on Friday, March 18.
With 1:44 left in the first quarter, Covington drove to the basket only to be denied by the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Gobert thwarted Covington’s three-foot layup attempt to help Utah maintain a 27-17 lead.
— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) March 19, 2022
The Jazz owned a 30-20 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
During the first 12 minutes of game time, Gobert had two points, six rebounds, two assists, and a block.
This season, This season, Gobert is averaging 15.4 points, 14.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 2.2 blocks, and 0.7 steals per game.
Clippers vs. Jazz
The Jazz currently sit tied with the Dallas Mavericks for the fourth seed in the Western Conference at 43-26.
Due to owning a 2-1 lead in the season series so far this season, the Jazz would own the tiebreaker if the playoff started today.
However, the Mavericks and Jazz will face off one last time during the regular season on March 27 in what could ultimately decide the final season standings.
The Jazz sit just 1.5 games up on the Denver Nuggets for the sixth seed in the West, and could potentially drop into the 3-6 matchup in the playoffs if they are overtaken by both teams.
The Mavericks will face the 76ers in Philadelphia tonight while the Nuggets will play the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
— KSL Sports (@kslsports) March 18, 2022
The Jazz won’t find any sympathy from the Clippers when it comes to injuries this season as LA has been without Kawhi Leonard for the entirety of the season and without Paul George for the last several months.
Leonard has a torn ACL and is expected to miss the remainder of the season while George has returned to light workouts with the team, but a return is unclear.
As it stands, the Clippers sit in the eighth seed in the Western Conference and will need to win a game in the play-in tournament to qualify for the postseason.
In addition to George and Leonard, the Clippers are without Norman Powell is suffered a toe injury shortly after being acquired by the team at the trade deadline.
Utah’s game against Los Angeles is broadcast on AT&T SportsNet, NBA League Pass, and The Zone Sports Network.
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