March 27, 2020, 12:14 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
The Utah Department of Health has cleared both Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, meaning they no longer pose a risk of infection to others.
Both Gobert and Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19, and although Gobert mentioned that he briefly lost his senses of taste and smell, the duo seems to be fully recovered. This is great news as we wait for word on when or if the NBA season will be able to continue.
Source: Tim Bontemps on Twitter
March 13, 2020, 12:32 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Yahoo's Chris Haynes is reporting that the NBA will neither fine nor suspend Rudy Gobert when the league resumes.
It's a ridiculous idea to begin with, because while Gobert was the first player to test positive, there's also no way of knowing if he is really the NBA's first case of COVID-19. While Gobert did set himself up for this with his cavalier attitude and reported "careless" behavior, any sort of further discipline would be off the mark.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
March 12, 2020, 3:34 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
The NBA has informed teams that the league will be suspended for 30 days at minimum, per Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star.
With two confirmed cases in the league, and all 30 teams able to be connected through their play in the last week alone, the NBA has no choice but to suspend operations. A month off seems like the true best-case scenario for the league, but they really have no control over the spread of COVID-19 and things will be in limbo indeterminately.
Source: Bruce Arthur on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 9:50 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
The NBA announced that they will suspend the season after Wednesday night's games, following confirmation that Utah Jazz center, Rudy Gobert has tested positive for the Coronavirus.
The NBA released a statement on Wednesday that they will suspend the season after Wednesday's games until further notice. The NBA "will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the Coronavirus pandemic". The main concern is protecting the global community, and the NBA is taking the necessary steps to slow the spread of Coronavirus. This is an unprecedented situation for the NBA and expect more news to follow in the coming days.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 9:34 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert tested positive for Coronavirus on Wednesday.
Gobert was ruled out for Wednesday's game with an illness, and Shams Charania reported that he has tested positive for Coronavirus. Gobert will likely be out at least two weeks, and this news could have further implications for the rest of the league. The NBA owners met Wednesday and are expected to announce Thursday that games will be played without fans moving forward. This news may pressure them to take extra precautions and suspend games altogether. Watch the news closely on Thursday.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 8:43 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
The Jazz-Thunder game on Wednesday will be postponed due to multiple players having an illness before the game.
Rudy Gobert (illness) was ruled out before the game and the NBA is taking extra precautions. The NBA may announce Thursday that they will suspend games or play games without fans moving forward. This postponed game sets a precedent now too, so be sure to watch your lineups very carefully during the fantasy playoffs in case there are more last-minute postponed games.
Source: Jeff Zillgitt on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 8:33 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
The Jazz and Thunder were sent back to the locker room due to an illness before the game and are currently waiting on league confirmation to start.
Rudy Gobert (illness) is out with an illness, and it sounds like other players were suffering with an illness as well. The way the NBA handles COVID-19 could potentially impact fantasy leagues moving forward. The NBA owners met on Wednesday to discuss temporarily suspending games or playing games without fans. Stay up to date on this news as you will want to make sure you understand the fantasy impacts.
Source: Nate Duncan on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 8:00 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert (illness) will not suit up vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday.
Tony Bradley will start in place of Gobert and is a worthy streaming option, especially if you need blocks. The Jazz play two more times this week and Gobert's next chance to play will be vs. the Pelicans on Friday.
Source: Andy Larsen on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 7:16 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Tony Jones of the Athletic is reporting that Rudy Gobert (illness) is still questionable heading into Wednesday's contest vs. the Thunder.
There are conflicting reports here so we'll have to wait until closer to tip-off for some clarity. Royce Young of ESPN previously reported that Gobert would sit out of Wednesday's game. If Gobert does sit out, Tony Bradley becomes an interesting streamer. However, Bradley has no value when Gobert plays.
Source: Tony Jones on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 6:49 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Both Rudy Gobert and Emannuel Mudiay have been downgraded to out for Wednesday's matchup vs. the Thunder as they are both sick.
Tony Bradley will have streaming appeal with Gobert sidelined and he can be used in DFS tournaments as a low-cost option. In two games that Gobert missed in November, Bradley was able to produce third-round value. Mudiay doesn't have fantasy value at this time.
Source: Royce Young on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 12:37 pmEmmanuel MudiayPG, Utah Jazz
Emmanuel Mudiay is considered questionable for Wednesday's game due to illness.
Mudiay has played a total of 10 minutes over his last two appearances. He has averaged 7.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists this season, but Jazz fans are probably more concerned about the status of teammate Rudy Gobert.
Source: Sarah Todd on Twitter
March 11, 2020, 12:26 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert (illness) missed shootaround and is considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Thunder.
Gobert had a quiet game on Monday but is averaging 15.1 points, 13.7 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks this season. Expect more minutes for Joe Ingles and Tony Bradley if the Jazz are forced to take Gobert out of the lineup.
Source: Sarah Todd on Twitter
March 9, 2020, 11:43 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert was held in check on Monday, scoring six points on 1-of-4 shooting to go with four rebounds, two steals and a block.
Gobert has these performances from time to time and he battled foul trouble as well. He ended the game with five fouls and a minus-22 rating, but he's more than likely to bounce back with a double-double and some swats next game out.
March 9, 2020, 11:28 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert was ejected with 40 seconds left in the game, finishing with six points, four rebounds, two steals and one block in 32 minutes.
It was a rough night for Gobert, but at least he added some defensive stats. Gobert is a top-35 player per game on the season and should bounce back shortly. Gobert will be an early-round player moving forward and has first-round upside if you are punting free throw percentage.
Source: Eric Walden on Twitter
March 7, 2020, 9:56 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert brought the defensive stats on Saturday, swiping three steals and blocking two shots to go with 10 points and 12 rebounds in 35 minutes.
Gobert shot 6-of-10 from the line, but anyone starting him has to know to plan around his poor free throw shooting. He's a top-35 player per game in 9-cat leagues and his value jumps to top-10 when punting free throw percentage. He's locked and loaded as an early-round player the rest of the way and the Jazz have a friendly schedule during the fantasy playoffs.