The night of the French: Rudy Gobert at the highest, Killian Hayes shines but loses with Detroit

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The night of the French: Rudy Gobert at the highest, Killian Hayes shines but loses with Detroit

It’s a night that will count in the life of Rudy Gobert in Minnesota. While the technical staff of the Timberwolves have been racking their brains since the start of the season to try to find the solution and arrive at an optimal use in attack of their French pivot, the performance of the Olympic vice-champion against the Clippers on Friday goes suddenly sure to bring a lot of ingredients and ideas for the rest of the season.

Because the former Jazz reigned against the poor Clippers (128-115), stuck by five defeats in a row now and who had decided to spare their tandem of stars, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, while Nicolas Batum (ankle) was also missing. With 25 points and 21 rebounds, the former Choletais achieved two double-doubles in a row for the second time this season, after the one released against the Lakers on October 28 (22 pts, 21 rebounds)and arguably his best game in a Wolves jersey.

Present in the offensive rebound (7 shots), very useful in the offensive patterns, Gobert had little fat (11 out of 15 on shots), even if he lost five balls. “I don’t think we’ve seen the best Rudy yet”he noted at the exit. “I’m making progress in a lot of areas, my teammates follow me, the staff follow me and I know it’s going to pay off. »

18 points for Hayes, short appearance for Fournier

For Killian Hayes, on the other hand, it did not pay off, beaten with his Detroit team on the ground of the San Antonio Spurs (121-109). But the French leader of the Pistons confirmed that he had perfectly digested his three-match suspension after his bad gesture on Moritz Wagner (Orlando). Author of 13 assists at Golden State on Wednesday (122-119 victory) for his return to the gameHayes this time scored 18 points (8 of 14 shots) and distributed 7 assists in Texas.

Finally, the third French on the floor, Evan Fournier, modestly contributed to the victory of the Knicks in Toronto (112-108), with 4 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in twelve minutes.

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