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Published Time: 07.05.2024 - 03:05:26 Modified Time: 07.05.2024 - 03:05:26

"There was definitely consideration and we looked at the timing of it all and I think just the timing of his circumstances, plus some weather made it really tough," Finch said. "And it didn't feel like he really was going to be able to get here and be prepared to play." Rudy Gobert



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Gobert was not present at shootaround and listed as questionable for the game.

Finch said Gobert was unable to fly back to Denver on Monday in time to rejoin the team for the game.

"There was definitely consideration and we looked at the timing of it all and I think just the timing of his circumstances, plus some weather made it really tough," Finch said. "And it didn't feel like he really was going to be able to get here and be prepared to play."

Finch said that Gobert's absence will mean more defensive minutes for Kyle Anderson and Karl-Anthony Towns against Denver's frontline, featuring reigning NBA Finals MVP Nikola Jokic.

"Maybe have to do some different things," Finch said. "But it certainly all begins and ends with KAT first and foremost."

Minnesota played Denver on March 19 without Gobert, Towns and Naz Reid, and lost 115-112.

"I would expect a faster Denver tonight, for sure," Finch said of the Nuggets game plan going against a Gobert-less Wolves team on Monday. "A more aggressive [Jamal] Murray and a more active [Aaron] Gordon on the glass. That's what I would expect."

Gobert, a finalist to earn his record-tying fourth Defensive Player of the Year award, had 6 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks and a steal in the Timberwolves' Game 1 win Saturday in the Western Conference semifinals series.

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