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Utah Jazz: Jazz recall Rudy Gobert, Ian Clark from D-League

Published: Friday, Sept. 4 2015 5:19 a.m. MDT

Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (5) shoots as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends during a game at EnergySolutions Arena on Monday, November 25, 2013.  (Matt Gade, Deseret News) Chicago Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (5) shoots as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends during a game at EnergySolutions Arena on Monday, November 25, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz were already planning on calling their two rookies back up from their D-League assignment with the Bakersfield Jam on Sunday.

But, boy, did Rudy Gobert make it very easy for them to make that decision official.

The 7-foot-1 center had a massive game Saturday night with 23 points, 14 rebounds and two blocked shots, leading the Jam to a 113-106 win over the Maine Red Claws.

Clark contributed 10 points and seven assists in the final game of the two players' second D-League stint in the past month.

Both Gobert and Clark returned to Utah on Sunday and are expected to be available for action Monday night against Denver.

Gobert, taken late in the first round of last June's draft before being traded to Utah from Denver, has shot an incredible 74.1 percent and averaged 13.9 points in eight D-League games. He's also pulled down 11.4 rebounds and blocked 3.0 shots per contest for the Jam.

Utah Jazz shooting guard Ian Clark (21) as the Utah Jazz are defeated by the Golden State Warriors 98-87 in NBA basketball Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Salt Lake City.  
 (Tom Smart, Deseret News) Utah Jazz shooting guard Ian Clark (21) as the Utah Jazz are defeated by the Golden State Warriors 98-87 in NBA basketball Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

Clark, signed to a free agent deal after being named the MVP of the Las Vegas Summer League, has averaged 12.4 points, 5.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds in eight D-League games.

NOTES: Jazz small forward Marvin Williams participated in Sunday's full-contact practice without the face mask he's worn since having his broken nose reset seven weeks ago. He'll decide Monday whether or not he'll wear the mask against the Nuggets. ... This game against Denver ends a relatively quiet stretch of just two games in nine days for Utah, which plays four games in the next six nights. ... The Jazz have improved their 3-point percentage from 29th overall (30.0 percent) after their 1-14 start to 16th (35.3 percent).

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