CLEVELAND — Ahead of their showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night, the Utah Jazz confirmed Rudy Gobert suffered a sprained PCL in his left knee on Friday against the Boston Celtics.
The team also said Gobert would be reevaluated in about two weeks, but initial reports say he is expected to miss a month.
When asked about the injury, Jazz coach Quin Snyder said the fact it wasn’t worse than a sprain was really the only positive.
“I was gonna try and find the silver lining and I was gonna say there really isn’t one,” Snyder told reporters. “But that would be one, there’s no question. You never know when you have that moment where you just feel sick for the player. And particularly Rudy, knowing how hard he worked to come back when he did and to have that happen again.”
Gobert recently missed 11 games due to a bone bruise in the same knee, and has been back on the court for less than two weeks. The big man is averaging a double-double this season with 12.2 points and 10.1 rebounds, and is also shooting 60.3 percent from the field.
Snyder said that while he is empathetic when it comes to Gobert’s injury, he knows that the 7-footer will be able to bounce back.
“The one think about Rudy is he’s resilient, and he’s got a great approach and he’s tough,” he said. “I know you look at him, he’s big and he’s long but he’s not 280. But he’s tough and it’s a credit to him that he’s able to bounce back the way he has. And again, the injury sucks but hopefully he’ll be able to be back quickly.”
Following their game with the Cavs, the Jazz will head to Houston to take on the Rockets on Monday.