The Minnesota Timberwolves have been an inconsistent bunch throughout the 2022-23 season. Much of their struggles have stemmed from injuries, but they also suffer from a continual rebounding issue. The Wolves are 27th in the NBA in rebounds per game, and it is a problem that has carried over from last season.
The player who, in theory, should be able to mitigate this issue more than any other is Rudy Gobert. After suffering a groin injury last week, he has been in and out of the lineup. What is Gobert’s status for the Timberwolves’ game against the New Orleans Pelicans tonight? Here is everything you should know.
Rudy Gobert injury status for tonight’s game against Pelicans
Coming off his first game back following a three-game absence, Rudy Gobert is currently listed as questionable for the Timberwolves’ Wednesday night contest in New Orleans.
In Minnesota’s games against Cleveland and Utah last week, Gobert was in the starting lineup but was forced to exit early both times due to re-aggravating his injury. It makes sense that Chris Finch decided to play it safe and sit Rudy for the next three outings after that.
Rudy Gobert injury history
While not a player that is widely considered “injury prone,” Gobert has had his share of troubles over the course of his short time in Minnesota thus far. Early in December, he was forced to exit the Timberwolves’ game with the Thunder due to an ankle injury, which led to him missing a handful of games last month.
He also missed a couple of games toward the end of last month with an illness. In total, Gobert has missed nine games this season, and the Timberwolves have seen their rebounding woes grow without him in the lineup. Thankfully, his groin injury is nothing major, and should presumably not lead to him missing more than another game or two at most.
Minnesota Timberwolves next 5 opponents:
- at New Orleans Pelicans: Wednesday, January 25
- vs Memphis Grizzlies: Friday, January 27
- vs Sacramento Kings: Saturday, January 28
- vs Sacramento Kings: Monday, January 30
- vs Golden State Warriors: Wednesday, February 1