With the Spurs had no option on center position with the injury of LaMarcus Aldridge, the Spurs went to Rudy Gay after a brief stint of Chimezie Metu in the first half. As the Spurs forward and the whole team take advantage of supposedly a favor to the Jazz. Because of this matchup, the ball movement of Utah Jazz limited to 18 assists all game far from season average 26 per game.
“I told him that if he posts me up, he can score a lot from it but the truth is he can’t because posting up isn’t his game. If we let Donovan Mitchell had the ball and attack us, it’s hard for the team defensively.”
Even the big man scored 17 points, he only attempted seven. Gobert went to the line 18 times and made only half of it. As he only excelled on rebounds by grabbing 19 with 8 offensive rebounds. He also turned the ball over four times a team-high.
A great adjustment by Popovich as he went small when Jakob Poeltl out. With the Utah Jazz had a lot of shooters on the court they chose to go in the post. The Spurs minimized the mistakes of having Marco Belinelli and Bryn Forbes openly on the court. Rudy Gobert can score but on lob pass and put back is his strength.