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Rudy Gobert And D’Angelo Russell Set To Miss Time With Injuries

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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.

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Nets’ Jarrett Allen Credits Ed Davis with Improvement

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Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen is battling through his second season in the NBA, and is crediting teammate Ed Davis for helping him continue his development into an NBA veteran, leaning on him for guidance and tips.

“That’s why you have Ed Davis around,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said, according to Brian Lewis of The New York Post. “He’s coaching when you’re not coaching. Great influence on our young guys.

“I’ve seen Ed take him aside after practice, before practice, talking post defense. These [vets], they have the nuances. They understand the game. He’s been a great influence not only on Jarrett Allen but our whole group.

“He’s just a solid, solid professional and the type of guy we like to bring in here,’’ Atkinson added. “We want to help him grow obviously first and foremost, but he’s helping our young guys grow, too.”

Davis inked a one-year, $4.4 million deal with the Nets during the summer and has already paid dividends with his veteran experience.

Allen has posted 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.8 blocks thus far this season.

“When I signed here, Sean didn’t say, ‘We want you to mentor Jarret Allen,’ ’’ Davis said. “But I’m an intelligent guy, and I think Sean knew that by doing his diligence and his homework and whatnot. I wasn’t going to come in here like, ‘Oh, [crap], I’m trying to start, I’m trying I take his minutes.’

“I’m trying to win, and I’m trying to help him, because of the direction this franchise is headed.”

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Nets’ Kenny Atkinson Discusses Caris LeVert’s Injury

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One of the unfortunate headlines to come out of the NBA on Tuesday night was the brutal injury sustained by Brooklyn Nets top scorer Caris LeVert, who suffered a gruesome right leg injury with 0.3 seconds remaining in the first half after trying to contain a Josh Okogie drive during their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

LeVert had to be stretchered off the court, and the injury left many players and fans covering their faces and emotional as they watched him receive medical attention on the court.

“He’s the heart and soul of our program,” Atkinson said, according to Greg Logan of Newsday. “Really tough blow. I feel for him. He’s had a fantastic start to the season. He’s obviously made a huge jump. I just know Caris — if anybody’s coming back from this, knowing the human, the character, the person, the player, he’ll come back from this. Tough, tough blow for the Nets.”

“Our only thoughts are with him. Nothing else matters. The game doesn’t matter tonight. That’s it.”

Teammates such as Nets’ point guard DeAngelo Russell also commented on the injury.

“I saw right away what it was and tried to erase it from memory as soon as I could, but it doesn’t work like that,” Russell said. “It’s something that hurts. It’s hard to speak about.

“You don’t want to see anybody get hurt, but for us to see our brother go down that we practice with every day, that we’re on flights with every day, it’s devastating to the stomach. We can put up our prayers for him and step up and try to build off of it.”

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Nets’ Treveon Graham To Miss 2 Months

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The Brooklyn Nets were hoping to get forward Treveon Graham back on Wednesday, but he will miss 2 months after is was discovered that he had torn his left hamstring, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Graham suffered the injury during Friday’s game against the New York Knicks, after playing just 10 minutes of gametime.

While Graham is out, the Nets will see Rondae Hollis-Jefferson return to the court on Wednesday, as expected.

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