Rudy Gobert to Be Activated vs. Knicks After Knee Injury

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2018

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 13:   Rudy Gobert #27 of the Utah Jazz rebounds against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on December 13, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Jazz 103-100. 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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Utah Jazz announced that center Rudy Gobert will return from a knee injury to play against the New York Knicks on Friday.

Gobert has missed Utah's past 15 games due to a sprained PCL in his left knee, as well as a bone bruise in his tibia.

Gobert is coming off a career season, as he averaged 14.0 points, 12.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game in 2016-17.

That led to the 25-year-old being named to the All-NBA Second Team and the All-Defensive First Team.

In 18 games prior to his injury this season, Gobert was putting up 11.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.3 rejections per contest.

The Jazz have struggled mightily during Gobert's absence, posting a record of 4-11.

Utah is just 18-26 overall, and it trails the Los Angeles Clippers by five games for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

With Gobert back in the fold, Derrick Favors will likely shift from center to power forward with Jonas Jerebko heading back to the bench.

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