August 6, 2020, 5:44 pmJoe InglesSF, Utah Jazz
The Jazz will be without Donovan Mitchell (left lower leg peroneal strain), Mike Conley (right knee soreness), Royce O'Neale (right calf soreness) and Rudy Gobert (rest) for the first half of a back-to-back on Friday vs. the Spurs, so Joe Ingles is the only starter who is available.
Ingles will be joined by four bench players for Friday's contest and it can be assumed that Tony Bradley, Jordan Clarkson and Georges Niang will all join the starting lineup with either Emmanuel Mudiay or Rayjon Tucker filling in the last spot. The Jazz will have their work cut out for them without four starters so San Antonio now looks like a good bet to win the game. This seems to be a rest day for all four of them as this game is the front-end of a back-to-back.
Source: NBA Injury Report
August 5, 2020, 6:38 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert went huge in Wednesday’s win over Memphis, posting 21 points, 16 rebounds, one assist, two steals, three blocks and two turnovers in 37 minutes.
Gobert got to the free throw line early and often as he finished the night with 11 attempts and only missed one. Gobert is currently producing value towards the end of the second round and there is no reason to think that he can’t continue at that pace for the remaining four games.
August 4, 2020, 12:01 amRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert double-doubled against the Lakers on Monday with 16 points and 13 rebounds to go with two assists and a block.
Gobert had a solid night when looking at the box score, but the Lakers made it difficult for him to have the impact he usually does. With Anthony Davis and LeBron James running the two-man game, Gobert was found moving along the perimeter a lot more than he'd like. The stats are still there though so keep trotting him out in your lineups.
August 1, 2020, 7:10 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert managed just 10 points and seven rebounds during Saturday's loss to the Thunder, adding a combined four defensive stats in 29 minutes.
Gobert struggled to get things going on Saturday as the Jazz were blown out early against as very impressive Thunder outfit. The Stifle Tower still managed more than adequate production on the defensive end of the floor which salvaged an otherwise disappointing night.
August 1, 2020, 6:29 pmSteven AdamsC, Oklahoma City Thunder
Steven Adams was excellent for the Thunder on Saturday, producing 16 points and 11 rebounds to go with two assists and two blocks in only 28 minutes.
Adams not only had a productive night but he managed to limit Rudy Gobert to just 10 points and seven rebounds. After battling a number of minor injuries throughout the season, the four-month break appears to have given Adams the opportunity to get his body healthy. Had this game been even remotely close, Adams would almost certainly have seen his playing time eclipse the 30-minute mark.
July 30, 2020, 10:45 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert put together a workmanlike double-double on Thursday night, with 14 points, 12 boards and three blocked shots.
This is a standard line for Gobert, who shot an efficient 5-of-9 from the floor and missed just one of his five free throw attempts. He clamped down defensively especially late in the game and limited the Pelicans' bigs in a big way. We should continue to expect double-doubles with premier shot-blocking numbers.
July 25, 2020, 7:26 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert led the way in Saturday's 101-99 scrimmage win over the Heat, going 8-for-9 from the field to post 21 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.
Gobert had a quiet 5 & 6 game in Thursday's scrimmage opener, and tonight's performance is a lot more in line with what we've come to expect from the Stifle Tower. It's worth pointing out that Miami didn't have Bam Adebayo in this one, but it's still good to see Gobert feast nonetheless. Draft him as you normally would in resumption league drafts.
July 23, 2020, 10:23 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert produced five points, six rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes of Thursday's scrimmage game.
Gobert wasn't super active in this one but the big takeaway is that he's at full strength after dealing with COVID-19. Feel free to treat him as a borderline early-round option in any resumption leagues, though be aware that his reliance on blocks to produce value might make him especially volatile. Any zero-block nights will have an outsized effect on his rankings, which may be a dangerous game to play with only eight contests on the slate.
July 20, 2020, 10:49 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert saw his fantasy value slide in 2019-20, finishing 39th and 36th in 8/9-cat per-game value, respectively.
Gobert saw a slight dip in his blocks, down 2.0 per game from a previous 2.3 in 2018-19. Where he did manage to see an improvement in is the rebounding category where he crashed the boards for 13.7 RPG, up from 12.8 in 2018-19. Overall, this was something we at Hoop Ball called out, expecting the years to finally take their toll and that the big man would manifest some of that wear and tear. Regardless of his decline, the "Stifle Tower" remained Utah's number one fantasy asset for the season. Fade him a bit moving forward, but be sure to do it in-stride with his mileage.
July 20, 2020, 7:39 pmTony BradleyC, Utah Jazz
After two seasons spent largely in the G League, Tony Bradley played 50 games with the Jazz in 2019-20 while just missing out on top-300 value in 9-category leagues.
Bradley posted averages of 4.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.5 blocks in only 10.7 minutes per contest. He ended up with top-320 value in 8-category formats. Bradley showed some promise when filling in for Rudy Gobert but needs more minutes to be usable in fantasy on a regular basis.
May 5, 2020, 9:14 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
Jazz VP Dennis Lindsey and the rest of the Jazz management seem quite confident that stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell will be able to work through the sizable rift they're currently facing due to Gobert's reckless and childish attitude towards COVID-19. His actions backfired when both tested positive for the virus, subsequently causing sports leagues in the United States to come to a screeching halt.
Given the large contracts of both Gobert and Mitchell, there's reason to believe they will be able to move past their personal differences. According to Lindsey, "They're ready to put this behind them, move forward, [and] act professionally." However, they were differing reports about Mitchell's willingness to reunite with his teammate. There is obviously no sure-fire way to determine if Gobert was actually the reason Mitchell contracted the virus, but the way Gobert was acting (which included lots of sarcastic touching) just prior to the outbreak in the US makes it easy to see why Mitchell had his reservations about Gobert's character. The Jazz roster is very talented and well rounded, so hopefully these two can coexist going forward.
Source: Tim McMahon on Twitter
April 12, 2020, 7:55 pmRudy GobertC, Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert spoke to Donovan Mitchell a few days ago and has publicly stated that both players are now focused on winning a title together.
Gobert did acknowledge that "relationships are never perfect", but he largely reoriented the conversation to both players' focus on succeeding on the court together. Some tensions may be lingering on Mitchell's end following the COVID-19 fiasco that started with Gobert testing positive for the coronavirus. Both players remain cornerstones for the Jazz, and like most issues, winning usually puts these sorts of problems on the backburner. Nonetheless, when basketball gets back underway it is worth monitoring the situation.
Source: Eric Walden on Twitter
April 10, 2020, 1:08 pmDonovan MitchellSG, Utah Jazz
In a story from The Athletic, it's reported that the Jazz are concerned about the relationship between Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell.
Gobert was infamously the NBA's patient zero for COVID-19, and his cavalier attitude toward the league's distancing policies prior to his positive test has not helped his public image at all. Mitchell was the only other member of the Jazz to test positive, and he has been open about being frustrated with the role Gobert played in the saga. While Jazz officials have worked to remind Mitchell that it's unknown whether Gobert gave it to him or vice versa, one anonymous source was quoted as saying their relationship "doesn't appear salvageable." That's being credited to a reluctance on Mitchell's part, and when basketball does resume this will be the biggest question that Utah has to answer.
Source: The Athletic
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