Western Conference teams currently fighting for the final playoff spot were reportedly unhappy with the Utah Jazz's decision to sit Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert for Friday's game against the San Antonio Spurs.
Gobert and Mitchell were among five players the Jazz held out of Friday's game. Mitchell was listed as having a left peroneal strain, while the reason given for Gobert's absence was rest.
Mike Conley was also listed as out with a sore right knee, but Joe Ingles was available despite having a sore right foot. Ingles only played 17 minutes, all in the first half.
Wojnarowski did note that Utah didn't violate any NBA rules with Gobert and "properly documented injuries to four more starters." Friday's game was the front end of a back-to-back for the Jazz that will culminate with a Saturday matchup against the Denver Nuggets.
The Spurs wound up beating the Jazz 119-111 to stay within two games of the Grizzlies for the eighth spot and one game behind the Portland Trail Blazers for the No. 9 seed.