The Utah Jazz are going to be without the services of Rudy Gobert for at least four weeks after the big man suffered a bone bruise in his knee. Gobert is one of the premier defenders in the whole league and for a Jazz team that struggles to score and relies a lot on their defense this is a huge blow. In a loaded Western Conference I have a hard time seeing the Jazz still being in a playoff spot when Gobert returns. On top of being one of the better defenders in the league, he is averaging 13.9 points per game and is a huge force inside and a tough matchup for most teams to deal with in what is a guard-oriented league and I don’t see any way the Jazz replace him over the next month.
In a different injury Brooklyn Nets point guard D’Angelo Russell is set to miss at least a couple of games with a left knee contusion. Russell has been in the midst of a breakout season after being dealt from the Lakers to Brooklyn, averaging 21 points and 5.7 assists per game, so for a team that has surprised some people early this year winning more than people thought they would this is a big injury if it turns out to be an injury that causes him to miss more than just a few games. The consensus seems to be that he will just miss a few games but his recovery from this is going to continue to be monitored.