This Thursday’s game between the Utah Jazz and Indiana Pacers left a few tense moments in the last minutes of it. After a plug from Myles Turner to Rudy Gobert, both suffered a accidental stumble that would give way to a slight push from the center of the Pacers and a final brawl.
The incident would not reach greater and both players would downplay it after the match. However, said hug generated in various sanctions and Collateral damage. Both Turner and Gobert received a technique and were expelled. A path that also Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles would follow for “acting as instigators and making the situation worse.” In the case of the Australian it would also reflect a push to referee Ed Malloy.
With the rough edges smoothed out and the defeat digested — fourth of the season and first at home — the Jazz are already preparing for this Saturday’s game against the Miami Heat. Still, one of the team’s latest additions, Hassan Whiteside, has been surprised by the great bond that exists within the locker room, as demonstrated by the general reaction during the brawl.
“It’s great how united this team is,” said the veteran. center, as collected by the medium Deseret News. I’ve never been on a team with such a bond. A lot of people say, ‘Hey, we’re very close in the team, hey, we do a lot of things together.’ No. This really is a very close team. Love it.”
The truth is that Whiteside has fallen on his feet in Salt Lake City, where he has completed a rapid adaptation process to return positive returns as a substitute for Gobert himself. In his twelve games played, the interior has averaged 7.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 16.6 minutes.
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