Rudy Gobert (knee sprain) will not return to Game 1 vs. Clippers

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Utah center Rudy Gobert has left the series opener against the Los Angeles Clippers and will not return after getting hurt on the first play of the game.

Gobert banged knees with Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute on Saturday night. Gobert had to be helped off the court, leaning heavily on two people as he made his way to the locker room.

The matchup between Gobert and Clippers center DeAndre Jordan was expected to be a key to the best-of-7 series.

UPDATE 1:43 A.M. EST: 

Yahoo's Shams Charania reports the MRI on Rudy Gobert's injury revealed just a hyperextension and bone bruise in his left knee and no structural damage.