Rudy Gobert Dismisses ‘Talk’ About Jazz After Game 4 Win Over Mavs
SALT LAKE CITY – Jazz center Rudy Gobert dismissed the negative “talk” surrounding his team after Utah defeated the Dallas Mavericks in Game 4 of the first round.
The Jazz hosted the Mavericks at Vivint Arena for Game 4 of the series on Saturday, April 23.
In the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, Donovan Mitchell connected with Gobert for a game-winning bucket. Utah defeated Dallas, 100-99. With the win, the Jazz tied the series with the Mavericks, 2-2.
After the game, Gobert brushed off the haters during his postgame interview with TNT’s Matt Winer.
“There’s a lot of talk about what this team can and can’t be in the postseason as you’re well aware. What is the potential of this Utah group?”
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Gobert finished the game with 17 points on 4-8 field goals. He added 15 rebounds and one assist in 32 minutes.
Game 5 between the Jazz and Mavericks will take place in Dallas on Monday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. (MDT). The game will be broadcast on TNT, AT&T SportsNet, The Zone Sports Network, and KSL NewsRadio.
Rudy Gobert & Donovan Mitchell
Earlier in the month, Gobert discussed his relationship with Mitchell.
“There’s always gonna be noise,” Gobert told ESPN’s Malika Andrews. “There’s a lot of teams and a lot of people that would love for us to break apart. They would love to get a Rudy Gobert or Donovan Mitchell in their team.”
The center continued his remarks by highlighting “big markets” as teams that would want the two players.
“There’s a lot of bigger markets too that would love to get that,” Gobert continued. “We’re aware of that and we know that everything that happens within our team, on the court, off the court, is being looked at with a big scope and people are looking for anything to try and divide us.”
Gobert and Mitchell’s relationship has been a topic of conversation for multiple seasons. The conversation became a national point of interest in the basketball world following Gobert and Mitchell’s cases with COVID-19 early in the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.
The Jazzman brought that up to Andrews and said that he and Mitchell have to tune out that “noise.”
“For us, after what we’ve been through over the last few years and the COVID situation and everything, we’re both aware of that,” Gobert said. “We both know that it’s something that’s not gonna stop and we’ve got to mute that noise. We both have that same goal, which is to win a championship here and we’ve got to embrace the moment.
Andrews followed up the comments and asked, “And you’re still committed to doing that here and now?”
“For sure,” Gobert replied. “We’re here for a reason.”
He finished his comments on his relationship with Mitchell by stating that although “it’s never gonna be perfect… supporting each other is the key.”
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