Rudy Gobert out for Game 2, but Jazz still looking for a sweep

Gobert will miss a game for just the second time this season

LOS ANGELES (ABC4 Sports) - Rudy Gobert was ruled out for Game 2 of the Utah Jazz playoff series against the Clippers with a hyper-extended knee and bone contusion. This will be just the second game Gobert has missed all season, but he wasn't on crutches at Jazz practice Monday and was able to work out a little.

"He's out there limping and shooting," head coach Quin Snyder said. "So, I don't know what I'd call that. That's like you and me working out. His focus now is trying to get back. Whether he can do that or not is a different story. Players always think that they can come back quicker than they can."

"His spirits are high right now," said forward Derrick Favors. "Hopefully we'll get him back in a week or two, see how that goes. But he's good right now, he's walking around."

"He was very upbeat, especially with the win," added point guard George Hill ."He's always vocal, so him always cracking jokes and being funny, that's what we wanted to see."

With Gobert out, Favors will make his first start since March 6th. Favors, who had battled injuries all season long, played well in Game 1, scoring 15 points and pulling down six rebounds in 32 minutes of action.

"It was a mindset," Favors said. "I knew I was going to play a lot of minutes once Rudy went down. So, it was a mindset. I knew I was going to have to fight through fatigue, fight through whatever soreness I had. For me personally, Rudy has been holding down the paint since I've been out, so I have to return the favor for him."

Although Gobert missed just one game during the regular season, the Jazz are used to playing without key players and fighting through adversity.

"All those disadvantages we had all year with guys going in and out of the lineup due to injury really strengthened our team up," Hill said. "It just gave us a lot of confidence knowing that we've been in that position before, so we're fine."

As for the Clippers, they're not too concerned on who and who doesn't play for the Jazz.

"We can't be," said point guard Chris Paul. "We're still in a situation where we worry about us. We do our principles, we play the way that we need to play. We can't worry about whoever they have on the court."

The Jazz expect the Clippers to play with a little more desperation, as it is rare that a team comes back from a 2-0 deficit after dropping the first two games at home.

"We expect their whole team to be a little bit more aggressive," Favors said. "I'm sure they feel a certain type of way, so like I said before, we just have to come out ready. We know Chris Paul is going to come out more aggressive, we know Blake Griffin is going to come out aggressive."

"I think they'd be ready to play regardless," Snyder said. "There's no desperation in the series. It's one game. It's nice that we won it, but we can't think like that."

"If you can get one on the road, that's good to try to win out at home and take care of home court advantage and things like that," added Hill. "But, our mindset is just to play well and give ourselves an opportunity to come out and try and win a game and hopefully try to repeat that."

Game 2 is set for Tuesday night at the Staples Center at 8:30 p.m. mountain time.


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