Jazz notes: Rudy Gobert a late scratch against OKC; Joel Bolomboy gets some playing time
OKLAHOMA CITY — Somebody put some bubble wrap on Joe Ingles.
Sixty-six games into the 2016-17 season, the Aussie forward is now the only Utah Jazz player who’s seen action in every game.
Rudy Gobert’s perfect-attendance streak ended Saturday afternoon because of an injury sustained Wednesday in Houston. The Stifle Tower was originally listed as being available for this contest against the Thunder, but he was a late scratch because of right leg soreness.
Gobert doesn’t believe the injury is serious, but he’s being tested Sunday to make sure. He felt painful shocks in his leg that forced him to sit out for the first time this season.
The Jazz play again Monday in an important game against the Los Angeles Clippers, who are only one game behind Utah in the race for the No. 4 seed out West.
“It’s precautionary and hopefully nothing more than that,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said after his team’s 112-104 loss to OKC. “He was sore to the point where it didn’t make sense for him to play.”
Snyder didn’t know Gobert wouldn’t be available until right before he gave his team some pregame instructions.
“He was trying. They were working on him a little bit,” Snyder explained. “He had some soreness in his leg. We want to be smart about everything. We’ll get back and have him reassessed. It’s something that kind of flared up on him today.”
Gobert and Derrick Favors were sorely missed by the Jazz. Utah leads the league in defending the paint, only allowing opponents to shoot 49 percent. On Saturday, the Thunder made 29 of 47 buckets in the paint (61.7 percent).
RARE OPPORTUNITY: Weber State product Joel Bolomboy has spent most of the season in the D-League with the SLC Stars, but the rookie forward got a chance to be on the court in Saturday’s loss.
Bolomboy played for 15 minutes after only logging a total of 21 minutes in nine other appearances this season. The D-League All-Star scored eight points, which equaled the amount he’d scored this whole year in the NBA.
Snyder liked what he saw from the 6-9, 235-pounder, even including the time when Bolomboy had a dunk attempt blocked by the rim. The Jazz coach pointed out Bolomboy’s “competitiveness” in this extended appearance.
“I liked (that) the first time he went up to dunk he got hung up on the rim and it didn’t faze him one bit. That’s what he does,” Snyder said. “I was happy to see him get the opportunity to play. Just like that whole (reserve) group, I thought he competed. That’s what you really want.”
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JAZZ NOTES: When forward Trey Lyles hit a 3-pointer Saturday, it snapped a monthlong trey-less stretch for the second-year big man. He hadn’t hit a 3-pointer in a game since Feb. 11. He finished 2-for-5 from 3-point range.
Twelve different players logged double-digit minutes in Saturday’s game, including just 21 for Gordon Hayward (nine points, -19 plus-minus), 21 for Rodney Hood (four points, -12) and 18 for George Hill (nine points, -22).
None of the Jazz starters — including Joe Johnson and Jeff Withey, who filled in for Favors and Gobert — scored in double figures.
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Published at Sun, 12 Mar 2017 01:47:00 +0000