Rudy Gobert and Rudy Gay clarify NBA health and safety protocol and join Utah Jazz


The Utah Jazz have struggled to build rosters over the past five games and have especially struggled to field a competent forward field.

Thankfully, it looks like the Jazz will have an easier time on that front in the coming days.

Rudy Gobert, who missed the last five games after testing positive for COVID-19, and Rudy Gay, who missed the last two games for the same reason, have been released from the NBA’s health and safety protocol and will be available to play on Sunday when the Jazz visit the Denver Nuggets.

It was actually in Denver on Jan. 5 when Gobert started feeling a little sick. He said he woke up with a fever and felt like he had a common cold. He returned two rapid negative COVID-19 tests that day, but did not play it safe. The next day, a PCR test came back positive.

Although the Jazz beat the Nuggets without Gobert on January 5, the team lost the next four straight games.

With an extremely small roster against the Toronto Raptors, Fred VanVleet had a 37-point triple-double. Domantas Sabonis of the Indiana Pacers scored a career-high 42 points against the Jazz the following night. Detroit Pistons rookie Cade Cunningham scored a game-high 29 points against the Jazz. Then, in the Jazz’s last contest, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland won his first career triple-double.

“As a competitor, it’s never easy to watch your team lose games,” Gobert said. “But I think sometimes when you go through tough times as a team it can make you better.”

While the Jazz are in the midst of their longest losing streak since February 2020, they’re also mindful that they lost those games during a COVID-19 outbreak, and that doesn’t entirely reflect who they are. are as a team.

With their starting rotation intact and even more returning players on the horizon, the Jazz hope to right the ship in the coming days.


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