Utah Jazz matchup watch: Clippers' DeAndre Jordan vs. Jazz's Rudy Gobert
The Utah Jazz are back on the road as they travel to Los Angeles to face off with the Clippers in Staples Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Clippers are 1-0 on the season after a road win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
One of the main matchups to watch in the game will be the battle at center between Rudy Gobert and DeAndre Jordan.
The two have faced off seven times since Gobert entered the league in 2014, with Jordan and the Clippers holding the 6-1 advantage.
The key for Gobert to slow down Jordan is to limit his rebounding opportunities. While it is nearly impossible to keep Jordan off the boards completely, slowing him down is something that would help the Jazz’s chances for a big road win.
According to Basketball-reference.com, Jordan averages 10.7 rebounds in 326 career wins and 8.3 rebounds in 267 regular season losses. His offensive rebounds also take a hit in losses from 3.33 to 2.73.
One way Gobert can limit Jordan on the glass is to rebound well himself. In 79 wins with the Jazz, he averages 10.2 boards a night while averaging just 7.4 rebounds in 111 losses.
In the five losses the Jazz have had against Clippers with Gobert on the floor for more than 15 minutes, he has been out-rebounded by Jordan 12.4 to 5.8. In the lone Jazz win, the two tied with 11 boards.
Jay Yeomans is a sports writer for DeseretNews.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Published at Sun, 30 Oct 2016 15:05:00 +0000