Jazz expect Gobert to miss at least two more weeks


Posted at Jan 01 2018 08:51 AM

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) gets some help after a play against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter at TD Garden. David Butler II, USA TODAY Sports/Reuters

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is at least two weeks away from returning to the team.

Gobert left the Dec. 15 game in Boston after less than two minutes and was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game with a knee injury. The Jazz confirmed that he underwent an MRI, which revealed a sprained posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in his left knee and a bone bruise.

He was reevaluated this week, when another medical check was scheduled for mid-January.

Gobert fell and grabbed his left knee after teammate Derrick Favors rolled into his legs as Gobert reached for a rebound Friday night. The 25-year-old center spent a minute on the floor with trainers before being helped off the floor and limping to the locker room.

Before the injury in Boston, Gobert missed 11 games earlier this season with a bone bruise to his right knee. The Jazz went 7-4 during that stretch, including five consecutive wins leading up to Gobert's Dec. 4 return.

Gobert missed a pair of playoff games in April after banging his left knee while setting a screen on the first possession of a first-round series against the Clippers. He sprained the MCL in the same knee in December of 2015, missing 18 games.

Through 17 games this season, Gobert is averaging 12.2 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.

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