NEW YORK -- It is never a good time to lose one of the league's most promising young big men, but the Utah Jazz picked an exceedingly bad time to lose Rudy Gobert for at least a month.
First the Jazz had to contend with Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns - and failed that challenge in a 109-98 loss to Minnesota on Monday night.
Now they'll have to handle Kristaps Porzingis on Wednesday night when they travel to Madison Square Garden for a showdown with Porzingis and the New York Knicks.
Here's how dominant Porzingis has been: He had 20 points and seven rebounds as the Knicks built-and-then-squandered a 23-point lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, and it was considered one of his worst performances of the season. Prior to the dud, Porzingis had games of 34, 28, 40 and 37 points, all in New York victories.
Now down their best post defender and his 14 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks per game, the Jazz will look to counter the Knicks' interior tandem of Porzingis and former Jazz center Enes Kanter with a small-ball lineup ill-suited to the task. >> Read more
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