MILWAUKEE — Not even five minutes into their game against the Bucks Monday night, the Utah Jazz added another name to their growing injury report.
Ricky Rubio was hot, scoring the Jazz’s first 9 of 11 points, before exiting the court at Fiserv Forum with a right hamstring injury at 7:23 in the first quarter.
The Spanish point guard wouldn’t return after starting 4 of 5 from the field with a steal and assist as the Jazz fell to the Milwaukee Bucks 114-102 on the final stop of a four-game road trip.
Raul Neto stepped up in Rubio’s place, contributing 10 points, six rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes, while splitting ball-handling duties with Donovan Mitchell — who posted 26 points and seven turnovers — but the Jazz fell short. Even in defeat, the team is trying to take away the positives.
“You look at what Raul did, he came in and stepped up and that’s gotta be our mindset,” Mitchell said. “We can’t sulk and be like, ‘Oh, man.’ Obviously, it’s tough and it’s similar to Houston when we lost Ricky and Dante but we can’t sit back and say it gives us an excuse.
“We can’t have that,” he added. “We have to go out there and compete until those guys get healthy.”
Utah (20-21) was also playing without Thabo Sefolosha (right hamstring), Dante Exum (left ankle sprain) and Grayson Allen (right ankle sprain).
Both Exum and Sefolosha suffered their injuries during the first half of Saturday’s win at Detroit. Prior to this stretch, the Jazz’s injury report had been relatively light, outside of Neto’s 17 games he missed earlier in the year due to a right hamstring and right thigh soreness.1 comment on this story
Despite being banged up, center Rudy Gobert is expecting to make adjustments — particularly at the point-guard spot. Utah next heads home to host the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Vivint Arena.
“We have guys that usually don’t get minutes but are able to help the team in playing,” Gobert said. “They’re actually very good basketball players and Raul did a great job tonight, coming in and giving us a chance to win the game so we have a lot of guys that can come in and help out.”