Rudy Gobert has tested positive for coronavirus. A year and ten months after it was one of the first cases of the NBA – we are talking about March 2020 – the French pivot enters the NBA’s health and safety protocols by being infected again by COVID-19.
On that distant March 11, 2020, the NBA decided to stop the competition so as not to resume it until four months later in the Orlando bubble. Now the reality is another. Gobert is one of a hundred players who have been forced to stop some games because of the virus; Of course, the League has continued its course, opting to reinforce the squads with players hired for 10 days.
Gobert has been ruled out to play this early morning in Toronto against the Raptors, but it is unknown how long he will be away from the courts. While the NBA has shortened the duration of sanitary protocols, generally everyone who enters them is out of combat for at least a week.
Until a few days ago, Utah was the only team that did not have players who were out due to the coronavirus. This circumstance changed on Tuesday when Joe Ingles entered the protocols. Now, with Gobert, two are absent for this reason.
In any case, the present of the Salt Lake City organization is far from complicated. They are currently third in the Western Conference, just two games behind the Phoenix Suns (first classified). Only the Grizzlies, who are three games away, are only a real threat from behind.
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