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What are people saying about DPOY Rudy Gobert? Twitter goes in on Jazz big man after terrible display in Game 6 vs Clippers

Joshua Rogers June 19, 2021
What are people saying about DPOY Rudy Gobert? Twitter goes in on Jazz big man after terrible display in Game 6 vs Clippers
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After the Los Angeles Clippers came back for a 131-119 win over the Utah Jazz in Game 6 on Friday night, Twitter went in on Defensive Player Of The Year (DPOY) Rudy Gobert for his dismal defensive display.

Gobert recently won his third Defensive Player Of The Year award

The Utah Jazz centre recently won his third Defensive Player Of The Year award, although it wasn’t without controversy.

Some felt Ben Simmons was more deserving of the award, while others felt Draymond Green was the DPOY after helping a banged-up Warriors team finish as the fifth-best defensive team in the league.

Ultimately, it went to the Frenchman though, whose rim-protecting prowess is certainly among the best in the league.

The 7ft 1in big man is the fourth player to win the award at least three times, joining Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace (four), and Dwight Howard (three).

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The Jazz crash out of the playoffs in Game 6

Going into the 2021 playoffs, Utah were on a roll.

Not only did they have two genuine All-Stars in Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, but they also had veterans such as Mike Conley and Sixth Man Of The Year Jordan Clarkson.

They finished with the best record in the West, and were 2-0 up in their series against the Clippers.

However, they somehow managed to lose four straight games in the Western Conference semis against a mostly Kawhi-less Clippers team.

Ty Lue’s squad steamrolled them on both sides of the floor thanks to efforts from Paul George and Terance Mann.

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Twitter goes in on DPOY Rudy Gobert, creates hilarious memes

DPOY Rudy Gobert had a particularly torried time in Game 6.

He offered almost nothing on the defensive end, with players such as Reggie Jackson driving to the basket virtually uncontested whenever they wanted.

Gobert, for all his defensive nouse, somehow ended up becoming a liability for the Jazz.

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Twitter, including Shannon Sharpe, called out the reigning Defensive Player Of The Year.

There were some pretty great ‘Rudy Gobert DPOY’ memes – check them out.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.