Rudy Gobert Fined $25K for Contact with Official During Game vs. Bucks

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2017

MILWAUKEE, WI - FEBRUARY 24:  Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz walks onto the court during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on February 24, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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The NBA fined Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert $25,000 on Sunday after he made contact with an official in the third quarter of his team's 109-95 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Feb. 24, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge

The incident occurred with 5:19 remaining in the third after Gobert approached the official to protest a foul call: 

The good news for the Jazz is that Gobert received a monetary slap on the wrist as opposed to a suspension. 

Utah (36-22) is in the midst of a race for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, and it owns a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Clippers. As a result, the Jazz can't afford to lose Gobert for even a single content. 

The Stifle Tower has been torching opponents to the tune of 13.0 points, 12.7 rebounds and a league-leading 2.5 blocks per game, but those numbers don't quite do his efforts justice. 

Among centers who contest at least five shots at the rim per game, Gobert ranks third behind Joel Embiid and LaMarcus Aldridge with an opponents field-goal percentage of 43.1 when he's operating as the primary defender. 

The Jazz have also posted a defensive rating of 99.7 with Gobert on the floor, which would be good for the NBA's No. 1 season-long mark. 

Now that disciplinary business has been handled, Gobert and the Jazz will return to the floor Sunday against the Washington Wizards in search of a third straight win. 

Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and NBA.com

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