Wolves sanction Gobert

The situation of the Minnesota Timberwolves is very complicated at the worst moment: after a very difficult, irregular season and far from the good omens with which last year endedthe team finished eighth, in the zone of play in and forced to play it tomorrow in LA against the Lakers, who will have home court in an elimination duel. Whoever passes will be in the first round and will face, as seventh, the Memphis Grizzlies. Whoever loses will have one last bullet, on his track and against the winner of the Pelicans-Thunder.

The Wolves will not have Rudy Gobert in Los Angeles, who has been sidelined after punching his teammate Kyle Anderson during a timeout in the decisive game that ended in victory against the Pelicans. The French pivot was sent to his house at that very moment and now it has been known that the Wolves have given him a one-game ban, so he will not play against the Lakers but, in principle, it would be after, for the second play in or, if the Wolves win in Los Angeles, already the playoff debut against the Grizzlies. The franchise has assumed that the situation was serious but has valued, according to the journalist Adrian Wojnarowski, the tension of the moment, the insults that the Frenchman had received before Anderson and the fact that he was playing with physical problems.

Gobert’s absence joins the already known of Naz Reid, the substitute center who has been injured for a long time. Karl-Anthony Towns will have to play more minutes than five pure against the Lakers in a game in which the best defender of the team will also be missing, a Jaden McDaniels who broke his hand hitting a wall in the eventful duel against the Pelicans.

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Gobert, whose end of the road was no longer good at the Utah Jazz, is in trouble again, this time after facing one of the heavyweights from the Wolves locker room, an Anderson who demanded more in defense to a player who has been a disappointment due to his contract (more than 38 million this season, 130 plus guaranteed the next three) and the enormous price the Jazz were paid for him: five players (including Walker Kessler and Jarred Vanderbilt), four first rounds and the right to trade yet another first round. His season has been very discreet, he has not helped the team take steps forward, his fit with Towns is questionable, he has not acted as a leader and, furthermore, what for now is the party of the year for the Wolves.

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