During Friday's game against Oklahoma City Thunder, the point guard appeared to become injured after performing a behind-the-back pass to Rudy Gobert about halfway through the first quarter. After wincing and limping a little bit, Rubio soon exited the game and did not return. After he left the court, rookie Donovan Mitchell took over most of the point guard tasks for a majority of what was left of the game. Utah ended up clinching the series against Oklahoma City with a 96-91 win.
Rubio, 27, underwent an MRI on Saturday in Salt Lake City. While there is a little bit of hope coming from the Utah Jazz organization that Rubio may be able to return before 10 days if his injury is re-evaluated, league sources told ESPN it depends on how speedy his response to rehabilitation will be.
Earlier in April, Rubio dealt with some hamstring soreness and missed a few late-season games. He came back swinging and recently had 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 9 assists in Game 2 and 26 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in Game 3 against Oklahoma City. .
Rubio was acquired by Utah during an off-season trade with Minnesota, which is where he played his first six NBA seasons. Game 1 of the Western Conference will be on Sunday. Utah will play the Houston Rockets.