Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has been slapped by a big fine as the NBA fined him $25,000 for using profane language during a live television interview. After the Jazz sealed a 100-99 Game 4 win over the Dallas Mavericks, Gobert had a message for those who think the Jazz should break their star duo of Gobert and Donovan Mitchell and hit the rebuild.
"Man, f--- the talk," Gobert said during his on-court interview with TNT after the Jazz's series-tying 100-99 win in Saturday's Game 4. The Jazz took a 100-99 after Mitchell set Gobert up for an alley-oop dunk.
"I mean, there's a lot of noise," Gobert said. "A lot of people are talking about our team, our guys, the future, what can happen, what might not happen, about a lot of different things that at the end of the day for us right now don't matter.
We have a team, we're 2-2 in the series, and that's our focus."
Mitchell on creating a game-winner with Gobert
The Jazz usually thrive during the regular season but then disappoint in the playoffs. If they fail to reach a deep playoff run this postseason, it might be the end of the Mitchell and Gobert era in Utah.
"It feels good. I ain't going to lie to you," Mitchell said. "It feels good, because it's just like, man, you hear it. I don't think him and I sit here think there's anything, but we hear it. It's good to see that and be able to go out there and do it on a stage like that, but ultimately, those same plays we made throughout the entire game.
"We trust each other, we feel each other and we're out there continuously making good plays. It felt good. It's good to trust, that's all it is." Mitchell came up big for the Jazz in the final minute of Game 4 as he scored a basket and got fouled with 30 seconds left to cut the Mavericks lead to 99-98.
In their next possession, Mitchell found Gobert on a perfect alley-oop pass that turned out to be a game-winner for the Jazz. "My teammates and my coaches trust me," Mitchell said. "It hasn't been the greatest regular season as far as crunch time for me, but I'm not going to sit here and let that affect how we continue to go throughout the rest of the playoffs. The ball's going to be in my hands, and I've got to make the right play."