Is Rudy Gobert playing tonight? Timberwolves star questionable vs. Nuggets due to personal reasons

The Timberwolves have won five consecutive games to open the 2024 NBA postseason. They swept the Suns and earned a surprising Game 1 victory over the reigning champion Nuggets on the road.

Minnesota faces a big-time opportunity to take control of its second-round series Monday in Denver. It will have to fight for the victory without their starting center.

Rudy Gobert’s availability suddenly came into question just over eight hours before the 10 p.m. ET Game 2 tip-off. He isn’t nursing an injury, but he still may not be on the floor for the Timberwolves in Denver.

Here’s what to know about Gobert’s status and whether he is playing as Minnesota looks to take another 2-0 series lead.

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Is Rudy Gobert playing tonight?

Gobert will not play in Game 2 on Monday due to the birth of his first child, Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch announced before tip-off.

Gobert recorded 6 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks in Game 1 while providing the Nuggets with a steady, defensive anchor. He helped to keep Nuggets star Nikola Jokic in check — something that Jokic admitted after the game — his presence looms large for this series.

Without Gobert available, Naz Reid will likely step into a starting role if the Timberwolves stick with the two-big lineup that troubled the Nuggets throughout Game 1. Reid had 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists off the bench in Game 1.

What channel is Nuggets vs. Timberwolves on today?

  • Date: Monday, May 6
  • TV channel: TNT
  • Live stream: Sling

Nuggets vs. Timberwolves will air on TNT in the United States. U.S. viewers can also stream the game on Sling.

Sling is the home for sports fans, as it offers a wide a range of channels. You can always cheer for your favorite teams with channels like ESPN, TBS, TNT, NFL Network, FS1 and more.

Nuggets vs. Timberwolves start time

  • Date: Monday, May 6
  • Time: 10 p.m. ET

Nuggets vs. Timberwolves will tip off around 10 p.m. ET on Monday, May 6. The game will be played at Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado.

Nuggets vs. Timberwolves schedule

Here is the complete schedule for the NBA Playoff series between the Nuggets and Timberwolves:

Date Game Time (ET) TV/Live stream
Saturday, May 4 Timberwolves 106, Nuggets 99
Monday, May 6 Game 2 10 p.m. TNT, Sling
Friday, May 10 Game 3 9:30 p.m. ESPN, Sling
Sunday, May 12 Game 4 8 p.m. TNT, Sling
Tuesday, May 14 Game 5* TBD TBD
Thursday, May 16 Game 6* TBD TBD
Saturday, May 18 Game 7* TBD TBD

*If necessary

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