Already missing Danté Exum, who sprained his ankle on Saturday in Detroit, Utah’s backcourt took another hit when Ricky Rubio suffered a right hamstring injury just five minutes into Monday’s matchup with the Bucks.
It’s the same injury that forced Rubio to miss last season’s Western Conference Semifinals against the Rockets.
Even without their top two points guards, the Jazz held a three-point lead after three quarters before running out of gas in the final period of their four-game road trip and falling 114-102 in Milwaukee.
“We got a little bit worn down and didn’t attack like we had the rest of the game,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said after the game.
Donovan Mitchell was spectacular—through three quarters, at least. The second-year guard led the Jazz (20-21) with 26 points and shot 8-for-19 from the field, including 6-for-11 from 3-point range, before going 0-for-5 over the final 12 minutes.
Rudy Gobert notched his 32nd double-double of the season with 14 points, 15 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block. Derrick Favors had 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.
Rubio scored nine points on 4-for-5 shooting, with one assist and one steal, in his five minutes of action. In Rubio’s absence, Raul Neto stepped up and finished with 10 points, six rebounds and five assists in a season-high 29 minutes.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a game-high 30 points and added 10 rebounds and two blocks in the win for the Bucks. Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points, while center Brook Lopez scored 15 points, including a long, game-sealing 3-pointer that put Milwaukee up by 11 with 2:20 left.