Rudy Gobert played just five minutes in the first half of the Utah Jazz’s Game 7 matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. He spent the majority of the first two periods on the bench due to foul trouble.
The reason? Gobert was whistled for three fouls early on, some more questionable than others.
The first one was obvious. Less than than two minutes into the first quarter, Gobert shoved DeAndre Jordan while attempting a layup.
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But the next two can be subject to interpretation.
Referee Tony Brothers whistled the Frenchman for nudging Marreese Speights with his forearm. You can argue that’s a ticky-tack foul, one that Clippers big man Jordan gets away with regularly.
Atlanta’s team effort kept its lead in tact from start to finish. It was a big win for a Hawks team that desperately needed a morale boost after dropping Games 1 and 2 in Washington.
Limited Kids Brandon Mebane Jersey Wall looked nearly unstoppable at times, torching the Hawks for 29 points on 10-of-12 shooting, including a sequence where he went coast-to-coast then behind-the-back before posterizing Kent Bazemore. But the Hawks were able to inhibit Bradley Beal, who finished with just 12 points on six-of-20 shooting.
Atlanta still trails, 2-1, in their first-round playoff series, but Game 4 is at home. If Saturday’s game is any indication of what the Wizards should expect the next go-round, Washington had better be ready to fight, and fight early.