SALT LAKE CITY — In the Utah Jazz's first game since it was announced Sunday that star center Rudy Gobert will miss at least four weeks with a knee injury, Jonas Jerebko will get his first start of the season at power forward.
Without Gobert on Saturday night against the Brooklyn Nets, Thabo Sefolosha got the start at that spot as Derrick Favors began the game at center. Before Monday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Vivint Arena, Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said the decision to start Jerebko instead of Sefolosha was a function of the fact that the Timberwolves start 6-foot-9, 235-pound Taj Gibson at power forward.
Jerebko is 6-foot-10 and 231 pounds, while Sefolosha is 6-foot-7 and 220 pounds.
Noting that Donovan Mitchell will start again at shooting guard and Rodney Hood will come off the bench, Snyder said, "We're starting Jonas because it makes sense on a matchup."
Jerebko has averaged 11.5 minutes per game in Utah's six contests this month as the team has been without the injured Joe Johnson after playing just four minutes total in seven October games.