Injured in the right groin, Rudy Gobert still wanted to face his former team, Utah, Tuesday night at home. A big risk that the French pivot of Wolves paid a high price, since he aggravated his injury and had to leave the field after five minutes of play.
Bet lost for Rudy Gobert. Hit in the right groin two days earlier against Cleveland, the 30-year-old French pivot from Minnesota probably would never have taken the risk of playing Tuesday night if the team visiting Wolves had not been Utah, former franchise of Gobert, who had joined Karl Anthony Towns and his family last October after nine seasons spent in the colors of Jazz. And it is precisely because it was his reunion with his former team that was offered to him that the triple best defender in the NBA insisted on playing this meeting between Minnesota and Utah on Tuesday evening on the floor of the Target Center. A bad idea. The meeting only lasted five minutes for Gobert, who was quickly forced to abandon his teammates.
Finch (Wolves coach): “I don’t know if it’s serious”
The silver medalist from the Tokyo Games and the last Euro with the Blues naturally dreamed of shining against the only team whose jersey he had worn since his arrival in the NBA. Instead, he not only barely had time to touch the ball (he scored two points and grabbed a rebound, when he’s been posting 13.6 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1 .3 against on average per game) but he also aggravated his right groin injury. For the moment, no one on the Wolves side has said more about what may have suddenly been hard for Minnesota and the Saint-Quentin native. “I don’t know if it’s serious. Rudy wanted to start this game, give himself a chance. We appreciate “, just indicated Chris Finch in front of the press after the defeat (126-125) of his team (because in addition, the team of Gobert bowed). It would seem very surprising, however, that Gobert can play again in the next game, in two days in Denver.