Just 11 seconds into it, he injured his knee.
Though an MRI revealed no structural damage, Gobert isn’t returning yet.
The Jazz center will miss Tuesday’s Game 2 against the Los Angeles Clippers with a hyperextended knee, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned.
If the Jazz are taking this game by game, we’re probably in line for a few more of these updates. I doubt Gobert returns effectively anytime soon, though he could try to grind it out during this series.
Utah won Game 1 anyway, but the Clippers remain favored in each game without Gobert, especially in L.A. The Jazz – with Derrick Favors, Jeff Withey and Boris Diaw – now playing center still have a chance. It’s just a far lesser chance.