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The Utah Jazz were able to withstand the loss of starting point guard Ricky Rubio and eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 on Friday night in Salt Lake City.
However, the Jazz will be forced to be without Rubio, who left the game Saturday night with a left hamstring injury midway through the first quarter and did not return, for up to 10 days, according to a report.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports the Jazz point guard will miss 10 days. Utah plays the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Sunday. The Rockets swept the Jazz during the regular season, 4-0.
Tough blow for Utah: Jazz guard Ricky Rubio could miss 10 days with left hamstring injury, league sources tell ESPN. His return could be sooner, based upon progression in rehabilitation.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 28, 2018
Wojnarowski reports there is some hope in the Utah organization that Rubio could be reevaluated and return sooner, but that will depend on how the injury responds to rehabilitation. He underwent and MRI on Saturday.
Rubio missed a few games in April because of soreness in the same hamstring.
Utah coach Quin Snyder turned to rookie standout Donovan Mitchell to take on most of the point-guard duties after Rubio went down Friday night, with small forward Joe Ingles also taking some turns handling the basketball.
Backup shooting guard Alec Burks also saw his first meaningful minutes in the playoffs and responded with 11 points in 17 minutes. Dante Exum, 22, could also be a possibility, but the former fifth overall draft selection sat out most of the season because of a shoulder injury and playing only three minutes Friday night at Rubio exited the game.
Rubio had been playing great basketball until the injury took him out. In back-to-back victories against Oklahoma City, he had 22 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in Game 2 and a triple-double in Game 3, posting 26 points, 11 boards and 10 dimes in Game 3.