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Jazz center Rudy Gobert out 4 weeks with leg injury

November 12, 2017

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert grabs his knee after being injured in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert will be out for the next month with an injured right leg.

The 7-foot-1 defensive player of the year candidate on Saturday had an MRI that revealed a bruised lower leg. Gobert was injured Friday when Heat guard Dion Waiters crashed into his leg, causing Gobert’s knee to buckle. The Frenchman did not play Saturday against the Nets, and the Jazz said he’ll be re-evaluated in four weeks.

Gobert initially called it a dirty play but took a softer stance afterward. Waiters was going after a loose ball, then dove awkwardly into Gobert’s leg.

The 2016-17 second team All-NBA center is averaging 13.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Derrick Favors started at center Saturday and scored 24 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked two shots.

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