Rudy Gobert couldn't do much against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night. The Clips returned from a 25-point deficit to beat the Clips, win their second-round series and advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history.
Reggie Jackson, Terance Mann and co. went off on the Frenchman, scoring points after points to lead this team to a big win. During the game, a graphic showed that Gobert was the Clippers' favorite victim. The Californians went 12-15 from the field against Rudy as the primary defender.
This sparked many reactions around the community, with fans blasting Gobert. Some said he didn't deserve the DPOY award, while others defended him and went after their teammates for not helping.
After Game 5, Gobert wasn't happy with his teammates, claiming they needed to play better and more aggressively against a team without their best player.
“We weren’t playing with a sense of urgency at the beginning,” Gobert said. “I wish maybe we would have missed some shots [early] so we would have realized we needed to play some defense. Just no urgency on the defensive end.”
They couldn't make the adjustments in Game 6 and now the West top-seeded are heading home after blowing a big lead again. This postseason started very well for the Jazz, but things quickly fell apart against an inspired Clippers team.