SALT LAKE CITY –Jazz center Rudy Gobert fended off a Robert Covington shot during Utah’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Jazz hosted the Clippers at Vivint Arena on Friday, March 18.
With 1:44 left in the first quarter, Covington drove to the basket only to be disallowed by the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
Gobert thwarted Covington’s three-foot layup attempt to help Utah hold on to a 27-17 lead.
The Jazz had a 30-20 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the first 12 minutes of play, Gobert had two points, six rebounds, two assists and a block.
This season, this season, Gobert is averaging 15.4 points, 14.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 2.2 blocks and 0.7 steals per game.
Clippers vs. Jazz
The Jazz currently sit tied with the Dallas Mavericks for the fourth seed in the Western Conference at 43-26.
Due to owning a 2-1 season series lead so far this season, the Jazz would own the tiebreaker if the playoffs started today.
However, the Mavericks and Jazz will face off one last time in the regular season on March 27 in what could ultimately decide the final standings of the season.
The Jazz are just 1.5 games ahead of the Denver Nuggets for the sixth seed in the West, and could potentially fall in the game 3-6 in the playoffs if passed by both teams. .
The Mavericks will face the 76ers in Philadelphia tonight while the Nuggets will face the Cavaliers in Cleveland.
The Jazz won‘t find any sympathy from the Clippers when it comes to injury this season, as LA has been without Kawhi Leonard all season and without Paul George for several months.
Leonard has a torn ACL and is set to miss the rest of the season while George has resumed light training with the team, but a return is unclear.
As it stands, the Clippers are seeded eighth in the Western Conference and will need to win a game in the qualifying tournament to qualify for the playoffs.
In addition to George and Leonard, the Clippers are without Norman Powell who injured his toe shortly after being acquired by the team at the trade deadline.
Utah’s game against Los Angeles airs on AT&T SportsNet, NBA League Pass and The Zone Sports Network.