He’s listed as questionable.
“Well, I defer to our medical group on that,” said Jazz coach Quin Snyder. “We’re going to confer and trust those guys to not do anything to put Rudy in harm’s way and when he’s ready to go he’ll be ready to go.”
Gobert has been sidelined for the past 11 games with a bone bruise in his right knee.
He was originally expected to miss at least four weeks but the big man is a little more than three weeks removed from the right tibia contusion after clashing with Miami’s Dion Waiters on Nov. 10.
This raises some questions, understandably, as much of our success has stemmed from good floor spacing and high-efficiency offense. Derrick Favors especially has been great for us at the Center position. How then do we insert Rudy into the rotation so as to not break the flow of what we have going on? Utah Jazz coach, Quin Snyder, addressed this briefly.
How do you think the rotation will work with him and Rudy coming back? The Jazz are too deep, and I feel like the guys playing have earned those minutes.— Dawson Burrup (@RealDawsonB) December 3, 2017
Quin: "We have two terrific players at that spot. Fav has been better than good, he's been great. That's the situation we're in, and we need to manage it. We'll be transparent with the players, ask that they be transparent with us, and that's how we do things." https://t.co/jY2nxOsTza— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) December 3, 2017
If Rudy does play, he will likely be on a minutes restriction. Easing him in is probably the best way to go about this, giving Quin room to adjust lineups and rotations.
Speaking of our hot streak, Nylon Calculus posted a graph of each team’s net ratings in 10-game intervals:
While we have had a bit of an easier schedule the past couple weeks, it definitely seems as though we’ve figured a few things out concerning offense. Not to mention we had a rising star break out. Donovan Mitchell is making waves, and even the most elite of the NBA are taking note. When asked if he saw Donovan’s 41 point game, Damian Lillard answered:
December will be a huge test for the Jazz, and the results could be the difference between a 41-win season and a 50-win season.
What is the biggest sign of Donovan’s development? Is it his monster jams, his spin move layups, or his shooting? Quin stated that a specific play is the biggest sign of his development, and you might not even remember this one. Out of everything Spida Mitchell has done in the past weeks, this is the play that shows the most growth in his game according to Quin Snyder (click through):
Quin Snyder cited this assist by Donovan Mitchell as the biggest sign of his development. “I don’t know if Donovan starting out would’ve made that play, not because he didn’t want to, but because he wasn’t aware.” pic.twitter.com/DdiCPvqyxq— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) December 3, 2017
Speaking of Donovan’s playmaking abilities, he credited one of his teammates in particular with mentoring him.
After the media scrum last night, @tribjazz and I were just talking to Donovan Mitchell about how he's developed as a point guard. Mitchell immediately pointed to Ricky Rubio's locker right next to his, and gave him credit.— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) December 2, 2017
Donovan isn’t the only one showing major improvements this season. Alec Burks has been displaying maturity, poise, and new-found defensive prowess. He too credits one of his teammates for this change.
Why has Alec Burks improved defensively? Alec: "I'm with Thabo (Sefolosha) every day. He's known for his defense, and we talk about it all the time... He just tells me secrets he knows, and I'm just trying to go out there and be like him basically."— Andy Larsen (@andyblarsen) December 3, 2017
Our vets have been very good for us this season, making the players around them better in more ways than one. With these recent changes, we have gone from a “tanking” team into a potential tough playoff team, capable of returning to the second round.
Donovan is getting more national eyes than any Jazz player in recent history. Large-market-focused BBall Breakdown even put out a video on Donovan’s 41-point game.
Donovan could mean a whole lot more than a typical star to this team. He could be the key to unlocking our market limits, giving the Jazz exposure and actual popularity, if things continue the way they are. This is an exciting time to be a Jazz fan.