LOS ANGELES -- Utah center Rudy Gobert has been diagnosed with a left knee hyperextension and bone contusion after his collision 17 seconds into the Jazz's playoff opener against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The team says he will continue to be re-evaluated. No timetable for his return was given.
Gobert was taken from Staples Center on Saturday night for an MRI, which revealed no ligament damage. Initial X-rays also were negative.
He knocked knees with Luc Mbah a Moute on the first possession of the game, which the Jazz won 97-95.
Game 2 is Tuesday at Staples Center.
Isaiah Thomas inteds to play Game 1 vs. Bulls, a day after his sister was killed
BOSTON -- Celtics coach Brad Stevens said it is point guard Isaiah Thomas' "intention to play" Sunday night in Game 1 of Boston's first-round playoff matchup with the Chicago Bulls, a day after his sister was killed in a car accident.
Stevens said Thomas went through the pregame shootaround, but added he has been emotional and it's up to him to decide whether he ultimately plays. Thomas received word that younger sister Chyna Thomas died early Saturday in a one-car interstate accident in their home state of Washington. She was 22.
The Celtics' All-Star guard was informed of her death following the team's practice Saturday afternoon.
Condolences have poured in from around the league, from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and various players and friends. Thomas, in his sixth season, grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and starred at the University of Washington.
"He's struggling," Stevens said. "Obviously, it's tragic circumstances that he and his family are going through right now. Our thoughts, first and foremost are with them...We've talked a little bit last night and then again today (that) as he goes through it and if he feels like he needs to not (play) -- then whatever he wants."
In the locker room prior to the game, emotions among Thomas' teammates were raw.
Center Al Horford, who touted the opportunity to play alongside Thomas as one of the main reasons he decided to sign with Boston as a free agent this past summer, said everyone is just trying to give him space right now. He expected Sunday's game to be an emotional experience for his teammate.
"It has to be," Horford said. "Isaiah is a very strong man and none of us have any idea what he's going through or feeling. The fact that he's even here is just a lot of credit to him. It's a difficult time, but we're here for him and we're going to go out and compete and play hard."
Forward Tyler Zeller said they just want to try to make his basketball world as easy as possible right now.
"He's the reason we are where we are," Zeller said. "He's had an unbelievable season and he's our No. 1...We're gonna go out and help him out in any way."
The Bulls were among the first NBA teams to release a statement of condolence for Thomas on Saturday. Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said he expected what is usually a high-energy Boston arena to be filled with even more emotion Sunday.
"It's a horrible tragedy," Hoiberg said. "He just seems like such a good kid, and obviously he's one of the great competitors we have in our league. ... It's just awful what happened."